Two Landmine Blasts Severely Injure Four Kolbars

On Monday, February 22, a landmine remnant from the Iran-Iraq War exploded in a border area and injured three Kolbars (cross border carriers). On the same day, another mine blast injured a Kolbar in the Nowsud border area.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, On Monday, February 22, 2022, the Kolbars were injured by a landmine blast in the border area of Hangazhall, located in Baneh County.

The injured Kolbars were identified as Foad Bitooshi, Kianoosh Raofi and Amanj (last name unidentified). Currently, all three are hospitalized.

Additionally, in another accident, a Kolbar identified as Mirabdoli in the Nowsud border area, located in Paweh County, was injured by a landmine blast.

Every year, landmine explosions take several victims in  Iran’s border areas. There are about 42,000 square kilometres of war zones in Iran that have not yet been fully demined from the Iran-Iraq war.

In flagrant violation of international conventions, the regime is still using these landmines to secure its borders.

Accordingly, there are still thousands of landmines planted in Iran in the border areas with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. The regime also planted many landmines during the conflicts of the 1980s in Kurdistan.