Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pokemon Go players in Bosnia warned to watch out for minefields

Demining charity issues advice following reports of players walking into risky areas

Heather Saul

Published 20/07/2016 | 13:59

The Pokemon Go app launch screen
The Pokemon Go app launch screen

Pokémon Go players in Bosnia have been warned to be careful while playing the game after reports of users wandering into areas at risk of containing minefields.

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The “Posavina Without Mines” demining charity published the warning on Tuesday following reports of gamers venturing into the northern region of Posavina.

The Bosnian War broke out in 1992 and ended three years later. More than 600 people have died in minefield incidents in Bosnia since 1995.

The augmented reality Pokémon Go game requires users to walk around in public areas and catch or train Pokemon in the real world using their smartphones. The game has been praised for making users physically active but some locations have been deemed inappropriate for catching the characters.

The British Foreign Office has issued the following advice to travellers: “Don't stray from roads and paved areas without an experienced guide. Unless you have an experienced guide, you should avoid the open countryside and especially destroyed or abandoned buildings, neglected land, un-tarred roads, woods and orchards, private property and abandoned villages."

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