SKorean soldiers maimed by suspected landmine

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SEOUL: Two South Korean soldiers were seriously injured Tuesday in an apparent landmine explosion while on patrol along the heavily-fortified border with North Korea, a defense ministry spokesman said. The soldiers were patrolling an area of the border in the northern county of Yeoncheon early Tuesday when the incident occurred. More than a million mines are believed to have been planted along the inter-Korean border, including those that were airdropped in great numbers in the 1960s at the height of a Cold War confrontation with the North. When the United States—the South’s key military ally—declared last year that it was halting the use of all anti-personnel mines, it made an exception for the inter-Korean border, citing the area’s “unique challenges.”

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