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Bosnian 'Pokémon Go' Players Are Braving Land Mines to Catch a Lapras or Something

A Bosnian demining organization felt it was necessary to remind players of the popular mobile game to forget about catching Pokémon in forests full of active land mines.

by VICE Staff
Jul 20 2016, 4:54pm

Photo by Jakub Sochacki via Wikipedia and 'Pokémon Go' screenshot

Are people actually still playing Pokémon Go? The game has been out in the US for two weeks and only a handful of days globally, but it doesn't take too long for the nostalgic excitement to wear off and realize it's actually... kind of boring? How many Duduo does one person really need?

All that said, some people in Bosnia are still looking past the bugs and bad gameplay and enjoying Pokémon Go, though—so much so that they're wandering dangerously close to minefields just to catch a Lapras or whatever, CNN reports.

Demining organization Posavina bez mina posted a warning to its Facebook page urging fans of the game to be cautious when looking for the little creatures because they could be heading into areas full of active land mines. According to the BBC, it's estimated that a whopping 120,000 bombs are still hidden in forests around the country since its war back in 1995.

"We received information that there are cases where users of the Pokémon Go app in Bosnia are entering into mined forests and risky areas in order to find Pokémon," the anti-mining group wrote on Facebook. "We ask all citizens to respect all signs warning them about mines and to not enter areas unfamiliar to them."

Bosnia's land mine forests are a few areas the game's developers probably should have thought about before releasing the GPS location–based app—right up there with the Arlington National Cemetary and Auschwitz.

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