Iraqi Town Asks For Help in Removing Landmines

At least eight Iraqis were killed and nine more wounded in the latest violence. However, a town council in Diyala province wants help preventing more deaths. They want all the landmines and other explosives removed from the area.

The Mandali city council is asking for $2 billion dollars to remove landmines and other dangerous waste left over from the 1980s war with Iran. There may be as many as one million mines abutting the border, they say. The council also warns that the deteriorating economic situation has intensified the problem. Because of the recycle value, many civilians are entering the mined areas, hoping to collect materials used in the weapons. Iraq is required by treaty to clean up the landmines by 2018. Other provinces have already begun the process.

In Mosul, two teenagers were killed as they were allegedly planting a bomb. Two dumped bodies were found.

One person was killed and three more were injured in Falluja when bombs placed around their home exploded.

A sticky bomb killed a Sahwa member in Baquba.

A Sahwa member was killed and a family member was wounded in Udhaim when a bomb exploded next to a Sahwa member’s house.

A civilian was shot dead in Muqdadiya.

Two civilians were wounded in a bombing in Gatoun.

An I.E.D. left in a Mahaweel garden wounded two people.

In Baghdad, a bomb left on a bus in Talibiya wounded one passenger when it exploded. Four abducted children were rescued.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.