Two illegal immigrants were killed by mines in an Evros border minefield on Saturday night while trying to clandestinely enter Greece from Turkey, military officials said. Army mine-clearing specialists recovered the bodies of the victims, only identified as Georgian men aged 55 and 29, over 11 hours after the explosion in a minefield at Kastanies in Thrace, some 1,000 kilometers northeast of Athens. An army release yesterday said the minefield was enclosed by a double fence that was signposted with phosphorescent warnings in Greek and in English. Saturday’s two deaths raised to at least 73 the number of people – almost all illegal immigrants – killed in Evros minefields since 1997, when the international Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel mines was signed. Greece ratified the treaty in 2003, but still has tens of thousands of mines in the Evros area.