Landmine Blast Kills Young Shepherd

Landmine Blast Kills Young ShepherdLandmine Blast Kills Young Shepherd

Explosion of a landmine, a remnant of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, killed a 17-year-old boy in a rural area in Fakeh region in Shush, north of Khuzestan Province on Friday afternoon. The young shepherd was grazing his cattle when the explosion occurred, according to local news outlets. He died shortly after being transferred to a nearby hospital due to severe injuries. In a similar mine explosion last year, another young shepherd was severely injured in Shush. Soil erosion and rainfall are thought to move mines to residential areas from border regions as dozens of similar blasts happen annually in the western and southwestern regions bordering Iraq. The eight-year-long war military conflict ended three decades ago and killed a million people on both sides. But the bloody war that maimed  large numbers of combatants and civilians still continues to take a toll on Iranians in the form of landmine explosions.


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