An American working for an global de-mining group died during an operation to clear mines and unexploded ordnance near the northern town of Mosul on Tuesday, security and police officials said.
Authorities and security sources stated that he had been a part of a group working for the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD). The group was draining mines left in the war with Islamic States militants at a village nearby Qayyara, some 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Mosul.
A first report for the episode seen by Reuters said the employee was hoping to defuse”unexploded ordnance body that unexpectedly went off and killed the him promptly”.
Two security resources and one police officer confirmed the employee was an American citizen. They declined to release his name or other specifics. The FSD didn’t respond to email in Reuters.
The United Nations said in February it might take several decades to clear Mosul of dangers like improvised explosive devices left by retreating Islamic Condition fighters.