Two Egyptian teenagers killed by old mine

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CAIRO: Two Egyptian teenaged boys were killed in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday by an unexploded mine dating from the 1967 or 1973 war with Israel, a hospital official said.

The mine exploded when Mussa Hamdan, 14, and Abdallah Goma, 13, from the village of Al-Maqdaba, threw stones at it, the official said, adding that the boys were killed instantly.

Egypt is one of the most heavily-mined countries in the world, with millions of Egyptian and Israeli landmines in the Sinai adding to millions more laid in the Western Desert near the Mediterranean coast during World War II. -AFP

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