ERBIL - At least one civilian was wounded as a result of a landmine explosion in the border areas between the Kurdistan Region and Iran, an official said on Thursday.
The incident occurred on Thursday evening in Haji Omeran subdistrict where a civilian, who was searching for spring herbs in the mountainous areas of the region, was targeted by the landmine blast, Rabar Anwar, a spokesperson for Erbil's mine action agency, told BasNews.
The victim was identified as Arsalan Mohammed, who was severely injured in the explosion.
He was taken to the emergency department in the capital Erbil, according to the spokesperson.
Hundreds of thousands of landmines are still in Kurdistan Region's border areas. The landmines are from the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran back in the 1980s when the then-Iraqi government carpeted the entire Kurdistan border with landmines to prevent the movement of Iranians.