October 16, 2020 13:11
The military here on Thursday warned of new North Korean landmines that could have been swept south after heavy rains this summer. They are small, lightweight and leaf-shaped and thus difficult to identify for military units in border areas.
Until recently, the South Korean military was looking out for more primitive wood-encased box mines.
The new leaf-shaped mines are hard to identify even with a detector since they are camouflaged in a leaf-colored plastic case and so light at 60 g that they can be scattered with bare hands. They are also waterproof. They are thought to be so powerful that they can blow an ankle off, military authorities here said.
The mines are 16 cm long, 9 cm wide, and 2 cm high, so not much bigger than a smartphone. Even a weight between 1.84 and 3.05 kg will set it off.
The military has known about the mines since 2017, but so far none have been found here and no casualties have been reported.
Military authorities warned people not to touch any suspicious objects but to report them to a nearby military unit.
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