South Sudan

Land Mine detected near UNMISS airstrip in Yei

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A land mine has been detected near police barracks and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) airstrip in Yei River County, Central Equatoria State (CES).

The police unit was deployed there during the festive season to beef up security. The mine is suspected to be one of those planted during the civil war.

The Chief Inspector of Police in Yei River County confirmed the information on Wednesday, saying the mines would be removed from the area.

According to the Commissioner of Yei River County, Elia Wai Wai, the mine was detected by the UN helicopters while on a routine inspection operation.

The commissioner urged the community members and parents not to allow their children to play with suspicious metallic objects and urged them to report any such objects to the concerned authorities.

Last year, a woman was blown-up by a landmine while clearing an ant hill by the road side in Yei River County.