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Abstract

Abductions of deminers in Afghanistan have placed the safety and lives of those working to clear mines at risk. At the end of 2010, two separate incidents drew attention in the landmine community to this alarming safety concern for which the Taliban and other organized criminals are responsible. The Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan and other mine-action organizations have been working to protect the deminers’ safety, which sometimes means restricting mined areas; however, this has not hindered dedicated deminers from continuing their demining efforts in Afghanistan.

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