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Landmine casualties increased sharply worldwide last year: monitor

WASHINGTON: The number of casualties from landmines and similar explosive devices soared to a 10-year-high last year as armed conflicts raged across the world, a report found Tuesday. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) blamed the sharp increase on wars in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, but also noted that a greater availability of casualty data had pushed numbers higher. According to this year's Landmine Monitor, an annual report by the ICBL, the number of people killed and wounded by mines,…