28 December 2012

Angola: Two Mine Cleared Land Reserves Handed to Government

Malanje — Two land reserves cleared of mines this year by the National Institute of Demining (INAD) and the 5th Demining Brigade of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) were handed over here on Thursday to the Malanje Government.

They are the land reserves of Carreira de Tiro 3 and Cangambo, of 13,4 kilometres of perimeter and 2.1 million square metres respectively, demined by INAD and the FAA 5th Demining Brigade, respectively over a period of one year, Angop learned.

From the two land reserves, the demining companies that used manual and mechanical means, removed about 17,561 explosive devices, including anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines, assorted ammunitions, grenades and other war artifacts.

The operation was mainly intended to ensure the free movement of people and goods and security to the construction companies that will build two cities.

Addressing the ceremony of signing of the delivery documents between the Government and the two companies, the province's governor, Norberto dos Santos "Kuata Kanawa", expressed satisfaction with the work and encouraged the sappers to conduct their duties with care, in view of the risks involved.

He announced that other areas will be demined in view of the interest showed by investors wishing to help develop the province.

In the operation, the FAA's 5th Demining Brigade used a manpower of 58 sappers and seven vehicles, while INAD was manned by 59 sappers and 25 vehicles.

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