The Cairns Post



DAKAR: Six young people were killed when their horse-drawn vehicle hit an old landmine unearthed up by rain in Senegal’s southern Casamance region, the local mayor said on Saturday.

Casamance is home to one of Africa’s oldest ongoing conflicts, which has claimed thousands of lives since 1982, and the mine was believed to be a remnant from earlier fighting.

It exploded on Friday afternoon in the village of Kandiadiou, near the Gambian border. A spokesman for the education minister said two of the victims had been primary school age.

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