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land mine design
Land mines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are designed to damage tanks and other armored vehicles, others to injure foot soldiers. After the fighting ends, many mines remain in the ground and pose a threat to civilians. These were dug up in Afghanistan.
antitank mine in Lebanon
An antitank mine in the ground in southern Lebanon.
Land mines are a threat in dozens of countries around the world, especially Africa and South Asia. Most are of fairly recent origin, but some unexploded ordnance--not just land mines, but also artillery shells and hand grenades--can date back decades.