The Afghan police say that 12 workers clearing mines in southern Helmand province were shot dead by the Taliban. As many as 12 more were injured. The workers were employed by a firm supporting a project called "Star Link". The deminers lived on Camp Shorab and were traveling to work in the Nad Ali district when the attack occurred. Read more in "Militants Kill 12 Afghan Workers Clearing Land Mines", Voice of America, December 13, 2014.
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HALO Trust. Some old minefields have yet to be discovered - this recently happened in a refugee camp recently setup in Gurbuz district, Khost province. This past summer the Pakistani Army conducted a massive sweep of North Wazirstan (part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan along the Afghan border) to target the Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban or "the bad Taliban). Over 100,000 refugees crossed over into neighboring Afghanistan to escape the fighting. While setting up the refugee camp it was discovered that parts of it were sitting on top of a minefield dating back to the Soviet occupation. Read more in "Finding Refuge on a Minefield", Foreign Policy Magazine, November 28, 2014.