Five people were killed and one seriously injured as the result of an anti-tank mine blast in Angola’s southern Cunene Province, an officer of the National Inter-Sectoral Commission on Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH) in the region, Mario Satipamba, told the press Tuesday.

According to the official, the incident happened in Mongua town in Cuanhama municipality, around 10 p.m. Monday when they were riding a motorbike on a scarcely used road.

The official said it was the first case of mine blast in Mongua, where demining work is underway.

CNIDAH in Cunene controls three Demining operators, namely the Angolan Armed Forces Brigade, the National Demining Institute (INAD) and the Border Guard Police.

Recently CNIDAH announced that the country needs 300 million U.S. dollars to be mine-free by the year 2025.

At least 1,220 areas of the southern African country are still affected by landmines, especially the provinces of Bie, Cuando Cubango, Moxico and Cuanza Sul.

Since 2002, more than 500 million U.S. dollars has been spent by the Angolan government to clear more than 2,000 minefields all over the country. Enditem

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