Two unexploded landmines found in Kinmen

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/13/2020
By: Huang Ming-hui and Joseph Yeh

Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) Two old unexploded landmines were found Saturday in Kinmen, an island that was the frontline in Taiwan's defense against attacks by Communist Chinese forces in the late 1940s and into the 70s, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said on Sunday.

The two landmines were spotted in a coastal area on the western side of Kinmen's Lieyu Township by a passerby, who informed local authorities late Saturday, the CGA said in a press release.

According to the press release, the CGA immediately dispatched its 9th Coastal Patrol Corps to the site, where the objects were identified as American M3 landmines, a kind of anti-personnel landmines designed to wound or kill by its fragmentation.

A member of the corps Tian Tzu-ching (刁子敬) said after close examination, CGA personnel determined that the rusty mines posed no immediate threat, and they called a military bomb disposal unit.    [FULL  STORY]

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