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DDAS, 2011, Afghanistan, vegetation removal
According to external investigation report, the witness statements, injuries of involved de-miners and physical observation of the accident point, the accident occurred when [Victim No.1] was cutting bushes with scissor. During cutting off bushes in his clearance lane, he moved his right foot forward beyond the base stick, stepped on a Type-72 mine and caused it to go off. This accident caused traumatic amputation to his right foot below the ankle joint and left leg injuries. This also caused multiple injuries to the second deminer [Victim No.2], who was busy in marking the same lane in a 5 meters distance without having his PPE worn, his right leg, right arm, face and eyes were injured. Section leader of mentioned party was absent, but this issue was not reported to [Demining group] office by the team leader. The party was working without any acting section leader in the minefield. The internal investigation report outlines that the accident occurred during the rest period outside the boundary of MF in a contaminated area. Both deminers entered to contaminated area without considering safety measures and have not been stopped by team leader.