Foreign mine clearance worker dies in Libya

March 3, 2012 19:26


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TRIPOLI - A foreigner helping clear mines left over from Libya's civil war was killed on Saturday when some unexploded ordnance blew up, local officials told Reuters.

They said the mine clearance expert was originally from Estonia but was resident in the United States. The explosion happened in Dafniyah, a town 180 km west of the capital, Tripoli.

An official in Libya with the United Nations' Mine Action Service said she had no immediate comment on the incident.

During last year's conflict, forces loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi laid mines around Dafniyah, and several other towns, to prevent rebel fighters advancing towards the capital.

Libya's new leaders have invited foreign mine clearance experts to help deal with the problem.

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