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Old 29 Dec 2009
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Mine-accident in Mauritania

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One dead and four seriously injured by the explosion of a mine

The correspondent of the ANI Dakhlet in Nouadhibou, a man was killed and four others wounded Monday by an exploding anti-tank mine in the buffer zone Ghandahar on the border between Morocco and Mauritania.

The explosion occurred a passing car type "Mercedes 190" with five passengers on board in the border area between-two countries.
The wounded were evacuated to the Hospital of Nouadhibou where the driver Didi Ould Aimar has succumbed to his injuries.

According to military sources, this area is known to be riddled with land mines of all kinds. What the past has been the cause of such explosions in passing cars who leave often frequented the roads to avoid the checkpoints.

Date: 29-12-2009 00:00:41
Source: ANI

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Hmm. When I went through the WS/Mali border in 2008 there was a team of four Gibraltar-registered mine clearance 4WDs heading south.

The last reported mine incident was Feb 2007 when a French guy decided to follow the old 'Spanish tarmac' halfway through. I think I've seen that bit of tarmac leading off to the east and it looked very appealing.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ish-road-25887

So what with mines, terrorists, kidnapping, executions and pepper spray discussions, Western Sahara, Mauri, Mali, Niger, Timbouctou etc look decidedly 'interesting' for 2010.
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