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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Army makes clean sweep of operations

Don Lavery

THE soldier carefully swept the field in front of him with a minesweeper before he found the buried landmine.

Another soldier got down on his stomach to painstakingly examine the site inch by inch with a handheld probe.

Others armed with Steyr assault rifles provided security for those dealing with the mine, while an M-Gator all-terrain vehicle brought up supplies and reinforcements.

The soldiers from the Army's Specialist Search and Clearance teams were clearing a route in a Cork field to ensure it was free of landmines, homemade bombs, and improvised explosive devices.

This was just an annual exercise but similar operations are carried out every day on missions abroad, including Lebanon. Four separate exercises are taking place in Co Cork to test the teams in route clearance -- including searching a venue before the visit of a VIP.

Irish Independent

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