Baku, May 11, AZERTAC
Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) has issued a report on unexploded ordnances (UXOs) found in Tartar, Fuzuli, Aghjabadi and Goranboy regions.
The agency discovered an unexploded 152-millimeter artillery shell when it was searching four explosion scenes in two houses and yards in Garaghaji village, Tartar region. Some 28,000 square meters of area was searched during the day. In Gazyan village, the agency inspected a house and an explosion site in a yard, and also searched a 2,500 sq.m area. A 122 mm white phosphorus artillery shell was found when reviewing the explosion scene in a cultivated area in Askipara village. A 20 sq. m area was inspected here. Ordnance disposal operations will continue today, the agency said.
Two blast sites in two pastures were inspected in Tapgaragoyunlu village in Goranboy region. Some 900,000 sq.m area was searched, no UXO was found, ANAMA said.
The agency inspected two blast sites in a house and a yard, as well as a pasture in Garakhanli village in Aghjabadi, 11.000 sq.m of land was cleared from splinters, no UXO was found.
Two blast areas in two pastures in Shukurbayli village, Fuzuli region, were inspected, 464 sq.m area was cleared from splinters, no UXO was found.
On May 10, some 12 blast sites in four houses and yards, and six pastures were searched, two UXOs (a 122 millimeter artillery shell (white phosphorous) and a 152 millimeter artillery shell) were detected. Some 42,884 sq.m area was cleared during the day. The agency said it inspected a total of 457 houses and yards, 2 military units, 2 village cemeteries, 3 secondary schools, 1 medical station, 12 farms, cultivated areas and 1 wine factory from April 7 to May 10 in Zardab, Tartar, Aghjabadi, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Goranboy, Tovuz, Samukh, Shamkir, Jalilabad, Ujar regions and in Baku. As a result, 1419 unexploded ammunitions, 11 anti-personnel mines and two POMZ-2, six anti-tank mines were detected and neutralized, ANAMA said.
The agency continues its operations using special rapid response groups and mine-detection dogs in houses along the line of contact and in the areas where schools and other facilities are located.