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Two British soldiers injured in blast

Sarajevo - Two British soldiers were wounded yesterday in an explosion while working to convert a hotel complex in Ilidza to serve as the headquarters for Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Walker, commander of Nato land forces in Bosnia, writes Emma Daly.

Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, and the two men, who were not named, were treated at a French field hospital on Mount Igman, west of Sarajevo. I-For officials do not know if they triggered a land- mine or unexploded ordnance.

Between 3 million and 6 million mines were planted by all parties in the Bosnian war. Often unmarked or used as booby-traps, they pose a major threat to the 60,000-strong peace force pouring into Bosnia. Troops have received special training in mine avoidance and detection.