To battle war’s biggest killer, Afghans rush to learn dangerous art of bomb disposal

June 24, 2013 12:19 AM

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To battle war’s biggest killer, Afghans rush to learn dangerous art of bomb disposal

A small dust cloud kicks up. If all has gone well, the blast has pushed the water into the bomb with enough force to knock out its triggering mechanism. But to be safe, his partner, Hayatullah, climbs into a heavy protective suit before lumbering over to pluck out the blasting cap and seal it in a fortified box.

The two men are among hundreds of Afghan soldiers training to take over the dangerous fight against the war’s biggest killers: the Taliban-planted bombs known as IEDs that kill and maim thousands of people each year on and around the country’s roads and towns.

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