ERBIL — An explosive remnant from the eight-year-long war between Iraq and Iran resulted in the killing of two civilians from the Iranian Kurdistan, with one child injured in the blast, a rights group reported.
The incident took place at a civilian house in Mehran, Ilam province, Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said, adding that the victims were identified as Shahram, 27, and Abbas Shirinia, 35.
In addition to the two fatalities, a 15-month-old child, identified as Abbas Shirinia's son, was severely injured in the incident, further highlighting the human cost of the longstanding conflict between Iraq and Iran.
Many landmines in the Kurdistan Region, primarily along the Iranian border, are remnants of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. Originating from the Iraqi army's efforts to impede collaboration between Kurdish rebels and Iran, these landmines persist even 35 years after the war, with approximately half still present.