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DDAS, 2009, Afghanistan, excavation, PMN, AP
On 1st July 2009 MU-16 of [Demining group] started clearance operation on mentioned task. On 08 July 2009 at 0919hrs while [the Victim] was investigating a signal in his clearance lane, he found two bullets. He re-checked the spot and found the same signal, this process repeated for three times. Finally he found a root stump in the excavation trench with a thickness of around 2.5 cm and started to remove it, because it was blocking further excavation there. However the deminer had proper tool in his toolkit to cut such obstacles, but he tried to cut it with his scraper. After a few chops of the root stump with a scraper, a PMN mine was initiated and caused the accident. As it seems from the investigation report, the root was located on the pressure palate of mine, so it went off because of applying pressure on it. Fortunately as the deminer was fully dressed with PPE, he got some non-critical injuries. The visor was scratched by accident so he got some injuries on his face, but none of the injuries were severe.