Land Mine Kills Three, Wounds Three
ROME (AP) _ A World War II land mine exploded near a Libyan village, killing three members of a family and wounding three others, the official Libyan news agency JANA reported Saturday.
In a dispatch monitored in Rome, JANA said the mine exploded near the village of Al Riania, about 45 miles west of Tobruk in Libya’s northeastern coastal strip.
The agency said the mine killed Messaoud Mohammed Kadi, 60, and his sons Kadi Messaoud Mohammed Kadi, 25, and Daw Messaoud Mohammed Kadi, 30.
It also said the blast seriously injured the father’s wife, Khadija Abdellah Messaoud, 45, and her 3- and 2-year-old grandchildren.
Italy and other countries that fought in Libya during the war left hundreds of thousands of mines throughout the North African country, and Libya has demanded their governments turn over maps of the minefields, JANA said.
Libya claims such mines have killed thousands of Libyans.