Missing 33 land-mines threaten villagers
BINGOL - Inhabitants of the village of Asmakaya in the Solhan district of Bingöl, said they were concerned about mines which were laid for the military outpost security and cleaned in 1997 but that 33 mines are still missing.
In the village of Asmakaya of Solhan District of Bingöl, 208 mines were laid in 100 acres of village land for the security of military outposts in the 90's. With the lift of security threats, mines began to be cleared in 1997, but by the end of the work, it was understood that 33 mines were missing. Village residents who fear for their lives said they did not many years the cultivation of land.
Vahdettin Tügen, one of the inhabitants of Asakaya village, stated that following the clearance of the laid DM11 AP / P type mines, the military authorities said that the villagers could use land, but while they were feeding animals in the land, one animal died as a result of stepping on a mine.
Tügen said that with this situation, the missing mines were revealed, Tügen stated that they could not enter the land of nearly 100 acres since that day.
In 2016-2017, the village irrigation project came, but villagers were unable to work in the field due to land-mine fear said Tügen and added that this project was suspended. Tügen spoke to the authorities for years to overcome the grievances they had lived.
Tugan said, “We cannot harvest or come close to our 100 acres of land due to missing mines, and military authorities have forbidden it. They said: We will either make it an expropriation or give it a rent. We have not been able to find them, so we cannot benefit from our lands, and we want the authorities to solve the problem as soon as possible.” (ILKHA)