Russian Army Engineers Defuse Over 100 Cluster Munitions In Laos - Defense Ministry

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Russian Army Engineers Defuse Over 100 Cluster Munitions in Laos - Defense Ministry

Russian mine clearance specialists have defused over 100 cluster munitions in Laos, which remained on the country's territory since the US bombardments of 1964-1973, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th November, 2018) Russian mine clearance specialists have defused over 100 cluster munitions in Laos, which remained on the country's territory since the US bombardments of 1964-1973, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

"Since the beginning of the work to fully clean up the forested area in Khamket district, 10.8 hectares of land have been cleared of explosive remnants. Over 100 explosive devices of BLU-26 cluster munitions type have been defused," the ministry said.

According to the Russian ministry, earlier on Wednesday, representatives of the Laotian Defense Ministry visited the detachment of the Russian International Mine Action Center in the village of Lak Sao, Bolikhamsay province.

The sides also discussed the training of the servicemen of the Lao People's Armed Forces at the branch of the Russian International Mine Action Center.

The Russian mine clearance specialists began their demining mission, which is expected to last for five months, on October 15. The detachment of the Russian International Mine Action Center comprises 36 Russian specialists.

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