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Mozambique declared free of land mines after 22 years

18 September 2015, 17:01

Johannesburg — An international humanitarian organization has declared Mozambique free of land mines.

The Halo Trust said it destroyed the last known land mine after 22 years of demining in the southern African country.

Mozambique's state news agency, AIM, reported government officials, United Nations representatives and donor agencies made the formal announcement on Thursday.

AIM said land mines were found in all 10 provinces, endangering 1.5 million people.

Alberto Augusto of Mozambique's Institute for Demining told AIM border minefields remained a concern. Augusto said that while the Mozambican side is cleared, the Zimbabwean border territory has not been demined.

Mozambique was torn by civil war from 1977 to 1992.

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- AP


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