Two killed by mines in Evros

Two people were instantly killed and another was injured when they strayed into a minefield in Evros, near Greece’s border with Turkey, the army said yesterday. The illegal immigrants, all Kurds, entered the prohibited area in Vyssas at around 11 p.m. on Sunday, when a loud explosion was heard by locals. The condition of the injured man, who is being treated at the hospital in Didymoteicho, was not made known. In its statement, the army said that the minefield had been fenced off and had fluorescent warning signs in English and Greek. Two migrants were killed by mines in nearby Soufli less than two months ago. More than 30 people have been killed and at least 10 injured by land mines on the Greek-Turkish border since 2003, when the army began clearing explosives from the area. The army has pledged that Greece’s heavily militarized border region will be clear of land mines by 2010, four years ahead of an international treaty deadline.