Two civilian Kurdish have been severely injured by land mine explosions in villages near the cities of Mariwan and Boukan in the past two weeks according to sources that spoke to Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN).
“A 23 year old man called Karzan was severely wounded in a land mine explosion in the border village of Sardoosh near Mariwan on 13 November 2016. The mine was one of many of the unexploded mines left in the area by the army from the Iran-Iraq war [in the 1980s],” a KHRN source said.
“Karzan was taken to Bu Ali hospital in Mariwan, but he was later transferred to a hospital in Tehran due to the severity of his injuries, the extent of the damages the explosion had done to to his eyes and left hand,” the source said.
The source added: “Another young man, a 17 year old farmer from the village of Sarab near Simine Boukan, was severely injured in his eyes and hands in another explosion the day after on 14 November 2016.”
This young farmer was bust harvesting beetroots when his hand had accidently hit the top triggers of a land mine hidden in the soil and instantly blew up on him.
This land mine was also one of those planted by the army during the from Iraq-Iran war that lasted some eight years from 1980 to 1988.
Similar incidents have been reported across Kurdistan in recent months.
Back in September 2016, in Tata Glen, near Horaman Sarvabad, three teenagers were seriously injured in a land mine explosion, and one of teenage victims lost his right leg in the explosion.