Press Release

Explosive ordnance incident at Tal Kaif near Mosul kills one

01 May 2024

Mosul, 30 April 2024 – One Iraqi member of a team working for a United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) implementing partner was killed in an incident at an explosive ordnance clearance site in Batnaia, Tal Kaif area, near Mosul.

The incident occurred in the early morning at the site managed by Health and Social Care Organization in Iraq (IHSCO), which is one of UNMAS Iraq’s implementing partners.

UNMAS Iraq and the entire UN family in Iraq convey their deepest condolences to the families of the deceased.

UNMAS is working closely with the Iraqi Directorate for Mine Action to investigate and review the incident to understand if any conditions can be addressed and precautions implemented to reduce the risk of such incidents in the future.

IHSCO has been a partner of UNMAS for the last four years and cleared hundreds of items of explosive ordnance in the liberated areas from ISIL. The clearance operations are essential for the safety of impacted communities and safe access to land for agricultural activities and development.

Pehr Lodhammar

Pehr Lodhammar

Chief Mine Action Programme
Mr. Pehr Lodhammar is the Chief Mine Action Programme in Iraq, managing all international and national staff in the program, in addition to donor relations and resource mobilization. As a key advocate for the mine action sector in Iraq, he is often involved with coordination with the highest levels of the Iraqi government, and represents UNMAS at international venues and conferences. Mr. Lodhammar holds a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, and has more than 31 years of military and humanitarian mine action experience.

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