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Anti-tank mine blast kills farmer

A 37-year-old farmer from Oddar Meanchey and his two oxen were killed in an anti-tank mine explosion on Saturday.

Anlong Veng district governor Yim Phanna said Uth Chan was driving his oxcart on a country road in Tumnup Thmey village when the cart rolled over the civil war-era remnant at 8am.

The explosion killed the animals instantly and severely injured the man, who died despite being rushed to hospital.

“Anlong Veng district was a battlefield, and although the war is long over, mine leftovers remain scattered and buried underground,” Phanna said.

He added that land mines remained a serious danger to villagers in the province.

Two months ago, a farmer survived a similar explosion that left his tractor damaged.

The Cambodian Mine Action Authority has recorded 14 mine explosion victims between January and July this year in Oddar Meanchey, second only to Battambang for that period.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at yuthana.kim@phnompenhpost.com

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