A French deminer killed in Sri Lanka
May 11, 2010
A French deminer was killed Monday in Sri Lanka where some 1.5 million mines are still present in the former war zone, said an official of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD).

Dominique Morine, 55, succumbed to his injuries after an explosive device at Iranaiillupaikulam in the northern district of Vavuniya, said Nigel Robinson, program director of the FSD.

"Mr. Morine was a longstanding member of our team of deminers working in Sri Lanka and for eight years," he said.

It was his second mission since arriving in December.

The SDF is working in Sri Lanka since 2002 in the north and east of the island.

The Sri Lankan army estimated that over 1.5 million mines and unexploded ordnance in the north and east.

In May 2009, Colombo announced the total defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after 37 years of a war that has killed between 80,000 and 100,000 deaths.

Courtesy: RTL INFO