Algeria says last stock of land mines destroyed

ALGIERS - Algeria announced Monday that it has destroyed the last of its stock of anti-personnel mines, 10 months after having completed the demining of its territory.
A total of 5,970 mines were destroyed at a ceremony in Djelfa, southeast Algeria, the defence ministry said.
Algeria, which in 2000 ratified the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel mines, has said it finalised the demining of its territory last December, clearing nine million land mines.
"The scourge claimed 7,300 civilian lives" in the North African country, mostly during the 1954-1962 war of independence from colonial power France, according to deputy defence minister Ahmed Gaid Salah.