Kabul’s super-sniffer dogs of war are the bomb

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Kabul’s super-sniffer dogs of war are the bomb

From rambunctious pups to a disciplined force, these mutts are being readied for life-or-death missions in the Afghan capital

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Naya, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, focuses intently as she leaps over hurdles and zooms through tunnels on an obstacle course at a training centre on a hill overlooking Kabul.

She seems to be having fun, but is in fact being trained for a life-or-death mission: finding explosives in a country where hidden mines, bombs and weapons routinely kill.

Naya is one of about 200 dogs at the Afghan capital’s Mine Detection Centre (MDC), a non-governmental group raising the animals from rambunctious pups into a disciplined force, and teaching handlers how to work with the canines...

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