3 villages cleared of explosives in western Anbar

The Iraqi police in Anbar province said Thursday (October 17th) that three villages east of al-Qaim on the Euphrates River have been cleared of explosives and landmines planted by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).

Joint security forces, represented by the Anbar police, civil defence forces and the Iraqi army’s special engineering unit, have cleared three villages covering a land area of more than 30 square kilometres, Anbar police chief Maj. Gen. Hadi Kassar Erzaij told Diyaruna.

"About four tonnes of explosives, landmines, rockets, TNT and C4 explosives, ammonium nitrate, and mortars have been removed," he said.

The villages are now safe for their residents' return, he said, noting that maintenance teams will soon restore water, electricity and communication services.

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