Landmines Killing, Maiming More in Burma

A report released by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor on Tuesday said that at least 84 people were killed and 293 wounded by landmines and other ordnance in 2011, compared with 36 deaths and 238 injuries the previous year. Despite the sharp rise in casualties, however, the report added that there were no reports of new mines being laid this year, in what would be a major breakthrough for the country after decades of internal conflict. More than half of all casualties last year were civilians, while 130 were military personnel with the identity of a further 41 unknown, according to the study.

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