By Rashid Shirinov
One mine was discovered in the Gapanli village of Azerbaijan’s Tartar region, Azerbaijan’s National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) told Trend on February 21.
The agency received information about the mine in the village and immediately sent the special mobile group to the place of detection.
ANAMA inspected the sown area and as a result of urgent operational search activities discovered a TM-62M anti-tank mine. The specialists transferred it to the relevant territory of the agency for neutralization.
Moreover, ANAMA inspected the adjacent area of 100 square meters, but there were no other dangerous items or devices.
In general, the agency experts conducted inspections in 23,315 square meters in Agdam, Agstafa, Tartar, Gazakh and Lankaran regions as well as in Baku and Sumgayit from February 1 to February 21. They inspected five houses and household plots, three cultivated areas, one private house, five pastures, water canals and areas near rural cemeteries, territories of household waste, administrative areas of Regional Police Departments, territories of a concrete plant and markets. As a result, the agency discovered and neutralized 684 unexploded ordnance.
ANAMA was established in 1998 for planning and coordination, management and monitoring of mine action related activities all over the country. The problem of unexploded ordnance in Azerbaijan can be divided into the areas that are still under the occupation of Armenian forces and other areas of the country. Most of the unexploded ordnances are the result of Armenian aggression.
Over the past year, ANAMA defused up to 93 million square meters of the Azerbaijan's territory, detecting and defusing 35,117 unexploded ordnance (UXOs), 204 anti-tank mines and 35 anti-personnel mines.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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