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Tuesday, 11 April, 2000, 14:09 GMT 15:09 UK
Sarajevo mine kills three children
Bodies carried away
Mine experts carry away the bodies of three children
By Nick Thorpe in Sarajevo

Three children have died in a Sarajevo minefield left from the 1992-95 war.

The incident is a reminder of the dangers still faced by the people of Bosnia as they try to rebuild their country with international help.

The two boys and girl, aged 11 and 12, were playing on the slopes of Mount Trebevic, a formerly Serb-held area which overlooks the city.

The wartime front line ran across the mountain, and local media reported that the children had been warned not to go there.


Grieving parents
Parents and relatives of thre dead children comfort each other
Help took several hours to arrive and a witness said that one of the victims, a girl, waved and cried out for a long time after the explosions.

But local people were afraid to enter the minefield.

All three children were dead by the time Norwegian mine-clearers arrived on the scene.

This was just the latest, but one of the most horrific accidents in Bosnia involving anti-personnel landmines.

Local elections were held in Bosnia at the weekend and this accident underlines the problems faced by local communities in making the fields and woods around their homes safe.

As many as a million mines are still believed to be scattered across the country and the clearing work, often carried out by former soldiers, is slow and painstaking.

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