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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mine Injures British Soldiers

SARAJEVO -- Two British soldiers were injured when they stumbled on a land-mine or an unexploded shell in Sarajevo on Wednesday, a spokesman for the NATO-led peace force in Bosnia said.


He said the two unidentified men were taken to a French military field hospital in the city.


It was not known how badly they were hurt but the spokesman said: "It is not thought to be life-threatening."


Millions of mines were used by all parties in the 43-month Bosnian war. Often unmarked or used as booby-traps, they pose a major threat to the 60,000-strong peace force pouring into Bosnia.


Troops have received special training in mine avoidance and detection.


Last month, two British soldiers were injured in a mine blast near the town of Sanski Most in northwestern Bosnia and a U.S. soldier was injured when his vehicle ran over a powerful anti-tank mine Saturday.


The NATO spokesman said the accident happened as the soldiers were working in a hotel complex in the Serb-held suburb of Ilidza.


The complex is being converted for use as a headquarters for NATO's Rapid Reaction Corps.


"It is not yet clear whether the blast was caused by a mine or by unexploded ordnance," the spokesman said.