Last updated: 02:21 PM ET, Fri April 29 2016

German Tourists Injured by Land Mine in Myanmar

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 29, 2016

German Tourists Injured by Land Mine in Myanmar

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Two German tourists and their guide are recovering from injuries suffered when they inadvertently set off a land mine in eastern Myanmar near an area where rebel groups have been fighting.

According to The Associated Press, the two tourists — identified as Wiebke Rosler and Felix Zimmermann, both 24 years old — were traveling through Kyaukme Township in the Shan State on Tuesday when the trio detonated a landmine.

Local villagers helped the tourists by carrying them to a hospital in Mandalay where they were treated for their injuries. As for the severity of the wounds, Rosler was hurt by shrapnel in her arm and on her face, Zimmermann suffered shrapnel injuries to his torso and the guide with them at the time suffered wounds to his legs.

Ambulance crew member Tin Maung Thein told local media outlets that the tourists were treated at a nearby hospital and were healthy enough to walk by Wednesday.

Unfortunately for locals and tourists, Myanmar is littered with landmines following decades of bitter fighting between armed rebels and the national military.


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