Death forces mine clearance body to review work in Iraq

The UK-based charity Mines Advisory Group is reviewing its operations in Iraq after one of its workers was killed last week.

Bomb-disposal expert Ian Rimell and his Iraqi colleague Salem Ahmed Mohammed were ambushed last Thursday while driving home from work in a vehicle painted with MAG's distinctive red, black and white logo. Rimell was shot dead and his colleague is critically ill in hospital.

Rimell, 53, from Kidderminster, joined MAG in January after a long career in mine and bomb disposal. MAG's executive director, Lou McGrath expressed sadness at the loss of a "dedicated humanitarian".

MAG is the sole mine clearance organisation in Iraq and has operated there since 1992. Many charities scaled back operations this year, but MAG stayed on.

See News in Focus, p12.

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