Afghan Bus Hits Land Mine, 13 Die

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A bus carrying people to a picnic area hit a land mine in central Afghanistan, killing 13 passengers and injuring six others, a U.N. official said Sunday.

Two decades of war left an estimated 5 million to 10 million land mines littering Afghanistan, the vast majority of them left by the Soviets during their 10-year occupation.

The International Committee for the Red Cross estimates about 3,000 Afghans are maimed each year by land mines. According to U.N. estimates, 100,000 people have been injured or maimed over the past 23 years.”