Harare - Two Zimbabweans were killed in Afghanistan and one seriously injured when a landmine they were clearing exploded, the official Herald newspaper said on Monday.

The paper said the dead men, Fidelis Makwena and Moses Sibanda, were employed by Mine-Tech, a Zimbabwean company with a UN contract to clear mines planted during the conflict in Afghanistan.

"They successfully exhumed the landmine and when they were moving it for detonation, it blew up, killing Makwena on the spot and injuring the other two, with Moses dying at the hospital," Mine-Tech managing director Max Dyck told the paper.

Formed in 1992 by former soldier Lionel Dyck, Mine-Tech has also operated in Angola, Mozambique, Iraq, Bosnia, Lebanon, Somalia, Eritrea and Kosovo.