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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mine Kills Soldier

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- A Russian soldier was killed and another one seriously wounded when a land mine exploded near the border with Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

The mine exploded Thursday because the two soldiers, both border guard lieutenants, failed to handle it properly, the border guard press service said. It did not say what the men were doing with the mine.

Russia has about 25,000 border troops in Tajikistan to guard the porous with Afghanistan against smugglers carrying drugs and weapons.

More than 200 Russian troops in the force have been killed since it was deployed in 1993, officials have said.