Old landmines get destroyed in Surin

national April 04, 2017 14:22

By Watcharachai Klaipong
The Nation

To mark the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which falls on April 4 every year, army officers brought 3,000 mines to be destroyed in a ceremony held on Tuesday at Ban Charas in Surin’s Bua Ched district.



Royal Thai Armed Forces’ Thailand Mine Action Centre officers, together with Thai Civilian Deminer Association personnel, placed mines and explosives retrieved from the Thai-Cambodia border area in one-metre-deep holes before detonating them during the ceremony.

The landmine clearance activities are important to prevent landmine accidents from causing accidental deaths, particularly of villagers in the border area, and to provide safe areas at border crossings to facilitate trade.

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