Mortar Blast Kills Four in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least four people were killed and two others were wounded during the blast of an old mortar shell discarded in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s.

The explosion in the border town Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, in the western province of Kermanshah on Sunday happened after the young victims all aged between 16 and 18 attempted to defuse some mortars which were illegally transferred from a war zone, police officials said.

Sarpol-Zahab, which shares a15-kilometer (9-mile) border with Iraq, was one of the major fronts of the 1980s’ war between the two neighbors.

Iran has long been striving to clear the war-era land mines and defuse ammunitions, but there are still frequent reports on the detonation of live ammunitions resulting in casualties.

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