Three soldiers injured in during military exercise in Arctic Finland

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One cadet was hospitalised after a mine detonator exploded. Library picture. (Yle)
One cadet was hospitalised after a mine detonator exploded. Library picture. (Yle)
One cadet hospitalised and three left with possible hearing damage after tripwire detonator explodes during preparations for attack exercise in Lapland.

Three cadets have sustained mild injuries and hearing damage when a mine detonator was accidentally set off during a military exercise in Sarriojärvi, northern Finland.

The cadets were preparing for an attack exercise on Saturday afternoon with the Jaeger Brigade, a Lapland-based unit of the Finnish army which specialises in arctic warfare, when one cadet picked up an unexploded tripwire detonator for an anti-personnel mine.

The detonator exploded, injuring the cadet’s hand and leaving two nearby cadets with cuts and grazes.

All three are believed to have suffered hearing damage.

First aid was administered at the scene and the cadet with an injured hand was taken to hospital. A spokesperson for the brigade said the unit is investigating the incident.

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