Friday, January 22, 2010

Landmines: Angola ready for landmines' clearance

Source: Government of Angola

Ondjiva – The commander of the Demining Brigade of the Border Police in southern Cunene province, sub-inspector Carlitos António, said Wednesday that the institution has technical and human conditions to respond to requests in the region with efficacy and strictness.

In declarations to ANGOP in Ondjiva city, provincial capital, the sub-inspector stated that his brigade is made up of 69 sappers technically equipped with logistics and transport means for any landmines clearance operation along the Angola/Namibia border.

He said that border police forces recently benefited from a training aimed at refreshing and re-updating the knowledge of sappers on the identification of likely mined areas.

Carlitos António informed that for this year, the brigade will carry out cleaning and demining actions from the third to the 22nd border posts, mainly aimed at removing various explosive devices in these regions.

In the year 2009, the brigade deactivated and destroyed 1,350 different explosive devices at border posts along the border with the neighbouring Republic of Namibia.

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