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Lankan Army demining team receives international recognition

Updated: Aug 22, 2016 18:16 IST      
Lankan Army demining team receives international recognition

Colombo, Aug. 22 (ANI): A team of Sri Lanka Army's demining team has been selected as the best Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team for the year 2016 by Virginia-based Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), an international humanitarian organization.

Lance Corporal Nawarathne and his dog Alvin will receive the award from the Marshall Legacy Institute at its 19th annual "Clearing the Path Gala" on October 26th in Washington, DC, reports the Colombo Page.

According to army media sources, the two-member army de-mining team, have since December 2011, de-mined a land area of approximately 73,340 square meters in the North and East and recovered 20 Rocket Propeller Grenades (RPGs), 48 grenades, 137 anti -personnel mines, 24 unexploded ordnance, 18 detonators and 243 ammunition and other explosive devices.

Further their demining effort has enabled 1,945 displaced people belonging to 415 families to return home.

The Sri Lanka Army's demining team of sapper DKN Rohan of the Sri Lanka Army Engineers and Mine Detection Dog Spartacus received the honor as the best Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team for the year 2012.

Since 2004, the organisation donated 26 life-saving dogs to the country. (ANI)

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