Iran: Landmine Explosion Killed Two Kids in Kurdistan

 Wednesday, August 5, 2015 1:29:39 PM

Farshad Yaghoubi, 12, and Behzad Yaghoubi, 13, got victimized by landmine explosion (Anti-personnel mines) in Langriz Village, Kurdistan Province.

According to Human Rights Defenders Association of Kurdistan, on Monday, 3 August 2015, Behzad died at the scene while walking in a area where well placed landmine in Bisaran Rural District of Sarvabad County. The other juvenile victim was severely injured  he it is  in critical  condition his, relatives reported.

The mine exploded was one of the mines abandoned by Iranian Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC) in its desolate military base in the region.

Iran: Landmine Explosion Killed Two children in Kurdistan.


Landmine Victims


On July 2014, Iran MP of Marivan County Omid Karimian declared that at least 368 citizens killed as a result of landmine explosion and 1600 individuals injured since 1988 to present, he also added, more than 3.000 military camps and areas with the most landmines (approximately 1,480 hectare) were identified in Kurdish residential places.

A Kurdish citizen Asghar Asadi, who had been working as the officer at Landmine gathering office, was injured due to landmine explosion in Doopara Mountains in Sardasht County, and finally lost his life while at the hospital on 15 Nov 2013. Another employee of the office also lost one of his feet because of landmine explosion at the beginning of November on 2013.

At least 91 officers and employees of the office were reportedly killed, and 40 others injured as a result of a landmine explosion in 2012, according to Iran�s official statistics quoted by local activists.

Five Kurdish citizens also killed by landmine explosions and eight persons were allegedly injured in 2012.

Kurdish website �Kurdpa� has concerned of �hidden landmine killer� and acknowledges that �Despite of the promises given by the Governmental Officers to clean the Kurdish Residential Places involved with landmines and even executing some fast relating this removal, citizens comprising women are still getting killed and wounded by this landmine explosions.�

A lady whose name is Hasiba Saeed from Saqez County lost her left leg because of landmine explosion on 28 May 2014, Kurdpa reported.

Two sisters Ghazal, 20, and Layla 13-year-old were killed in a landmine explosion, Approaching the last days of spring and only a few days before summer, Kurdpa said on 2014.

Seven others citizens including three girls killed at the last few days of September in 2014.

Three young girls Gashbin Karimi, Behnoosh Moqadam and Ala Robina wounded by the hidden killer (landmine explosion) on October 2014, the incident happened close to one of the evacuated barracks in Nashkash village in Mariwan County.

The website added in one of its reports that �about 4.2 million hectare of the 5 Governorates of Western Azerbaijan, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Ilam, and Khuzestan�s area where have 1100 kilometers common border with Iraq, have landmines and left explosives of the era of eight years war between Iraq-Iran.�

38 Kurdish citizens also victimized due to landmine explosions in 2013, and ten of them died according to the registered statistics from the Kurdistan Press Agency Data Center. Six citizens who are appoximately 16% of the victims comprise women, based on the statistics.


Bomb and Cannon Explosion


A couple from Sarpel Zahaw located in Kermanshah died due to bomb trigger explosion, at the end of May in 2014.

Three citizens victimized by cannon explosion in the house of their relatives in Mehran County, Ilam Province on 2 March 2014. One of the victims Hadi Poozesh lost his life at the scene, and his father and his wife got severely injured, Kurdpa said.

Locals do believe that the landmines are planted by Iran�s authorities on paths, partures and rural areas believed to be used for dissidents, armed and militia groups. The landmines often remained from the Iran-Iraq war 80s have continued to take lives in Iran�s western border areas for the past three decades.

Human Rights activists have expressed That Iran, the second country involved in landmines after Egypt, nearly four milion hectars Mine-affected region and more than 16 milion landmines remaining from Iran-Iraq was, is not a signatory to the United Nations� 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Producing and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, and neither took a part of meeting for prohibition landmines by members of the convention in Geneva, 25 to 25 June 2015.


By: Kaveh Taheri