Joint training drill sweeps for old mines, munitions

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The annual multi-national military training drill ‘Detonators 2014’ is winding down its two-week mine-clearing sweep through woodlands near the Riga suburban village of Cekule as well as around the Ādaži army base this week, according to Defense Ministry statements.

The exercise this year included visiting soldiers from Estonia, Lithuania and Germany, boosting the team of approximately 80 Latvian soldiers and home guard volunteers learning to clear the forests of dangerous unexploded munitions.

The discovered dangerous objects will be gingerly handled for transport to Adazi, where they will be defused or detonated.

The Cekule site, now abandoned, is one of the largest pollution centres of unexploded munitions in Latvia, used for military storage purposes since 1920.

Last year Swedish and Latvian munitions neutralization specialists defused over 1000 bombs, reported

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