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29 Sep 2020 | 09:24 AM UTC

Pakistan: UXO blast kills five in Nowshera district (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) September 29

Pakistan News Alert

Discarded munitions cause multiple fatalities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Nowshera district on September 29; highlights UXO risk

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Nowshera (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province)

Event

At least five people were killed on Tuesday, September 29, when several discarded mortar rounds exploded in the Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Two other people are reported to have been injured in the incident in the Akbarpura area, which occurred when a local scrap merchant recovered several mortar rounds from a nearby riverbank. The scene has been cordoned off as police continue investigations into the incident.

Localized disruptions are likely in the Akbarpura area in the near term due to the ongoing police and clean up operations.

Context

Multiple areas of Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, continue to be affected by unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination. Grenades, mortar rounds, and other explosive remnants of war continue to pose a threat to local communities in rural areas in the west of the country, with dozens of people being killed in UXO explosions each year. Despite government demining efforts, landmines also continue to pose a threat in the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and some other border regions.

Advice

Those in Pakistan should never approach or touch any unfamiliar objects that may be UXO, but immediately report any such items to police or local authorities. Travelers should exercise a heightened level of caution in remote areas where UXO may remain a threat and avoid departing from defined paths and roads where possible.

 

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