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DDAS, 2009, Afghanistan, excavation, AP
AF/2008/00324/H4533-13 is an anti-personnel mine contaminated area laid by the government forces during the Russian invasion in Afghanistan. The mines are laid in 2 rows as a belt surrounding Kandak-e-921 Sarhadi in order to secure their positions from the attacks of Mujahedeen. [Demining group] DT-18 was tasked for the clearance of mentioned area, on 9th of June 2009 at 07:55 am deminer [Victim No.1] was working in his clearance lane excavating a detected signal, his prodder touched a mine and caused it to explode. According to the investigation report the signal was not pinpointed correctly and the deminer has used his prodder directly on the top of mine, so the accident happened. As a result of accident [Victim No.1] got severe injures on his both eyes and face and lost his right eye completely, because his visor was up during the operation. Another deminer named [Victim No.2] was also injured in this accident, because of being in a close proximity to [Victim No.1]. [Victim No.2] was carrying some painted rocks for marking purpose. He has also got injuries on his face. The command group was failed to control and stop them.