The use of anti-personnel landmines is widely frowned upon, especially near populated areas. Article 4 of the Galactic Landmines Protocol prohibits the use of landmines (and similar cluster munitions) in "any settlement, outpost, port or other area with a similar concentration of civilians"... except where there is active/imminent ground combat. Another exception, which further vitiates the ban, permits landmine use near civilian populations if they are are placed "in close vicinity of a military asset... which is controlled or threatened by the enemy".
Obviously, some governments exploit this peculiar drafting to justify the use of landmines. One such "government" is the Brotherhood of HIP 17706. This criminal organization has long hidden "in plain sight". The deceptively named "Smith Silo" is not a weapons silo, or any kind of military asset. In actuality, the Silo is filled with people (many captive) who need our assistance. Yesterday, "Strike Force Smith" reached the HIP 17706 system. This SINC flotilla has orders to limit collateral damage, and is currently engaged near HIP 17706 3 (safely removed from Smith Silo, or any other civilian population).