Peruvian dies after stepping on land mine at Chile border

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Posted: Feb 08, 2016 4:34 PM

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian man was killed when he stepped on a land mine trying to cross the border illegally into Chile, authorities said Monday.

Peruvian police said the 27-year-old bled to death after the mine exploded late Sunday near a Peruvian border control post. He was identified as Francy Mamani Aquino.

A Colombian citizen was injured by a mine nearby last year.

In 2012, a Peruvian taxi exploded in a minefield, killing at least one person in the same area. Authorities said the driver went off-road and entered a well-marked minefield in an apparent attempt to avoid border controls.

The Chilean dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet laid hundreds of thousands of mines along Chile's borders with Peru and Bolivia in the 1970s, saying it feared invasion.