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Land mine kills UN demining expert in Cyprus

Land mine kills UN demining expert in Cyprus

A United Nations official says a land mine explosion has killed a U.N. demining expert during a clearance operation in divided Cyprus.
U.N. spokesman Jose Luis Diaz says 39-year-old Mozambican Femisberto Novele died Wednesday near the village of Yeri, southeast of Nicosia.
The Yeri minefield is inside a U.N.-controlled buffer zone separating the Greek Cypriot south from the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Both sides laid the mines after the invasion.
Diaz says Novele is the first to die in the U.N.-led demining that began in 2004. Some 14,000 mines have been removed from 57 minefields.