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Bosnia keeps having to remind Pokemon Go players not to wander into minefields

Pokemon Go Minefields

If you’ve been playing Pokemon Go for the past two weeks, you’ve probably had to think twice before blindly following Pokemon into dark alleyways or private property at some point. One thing you probably haven’t had to deal with: landmines.

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According to the BBC, a Bosnian demining charity by the name of Posavina bez mina issued a warning on Facebook this week after hearing reports of Pokemon Go players wandering into areas that contain unexploded mines.

“We received information that some users of the Pokemon Go app in Bosnia were going to places which are a risk for mines, in search of a pokemon,” Posavina bez mina said on Facebook. “Citizens are urged not to do so, to respect demarcation signs of dangerous mine fields and not to go into unknown areas.”

The BBC says that at least 600 people have been killed in mine accidents since 1995, and Bosnian demining group BH MAC estimates that somewhere in the vicinity of 120,000 mine remain exploded today.

Pokemon Go has been the driving force behind countless bizarre encounters since it launched earlier this month. In one instance, a distracted player crashed his Toyota into a parked police car. In another, two Marine Corps veterans helped the police find and capture an attempted murder suspect.

Although most Americans don’t need to worry about stepping on a mine, this is yet another reminder that you need to be careful while out catching Pokemon.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.