A police officer lost his right leg yesterday after stepping on a landmine while on border patrol in the jungle around Battambang’s Somlot district, police said.
Lou Sokhum, 45, had been working in a particularly dangerous area with his partner, according to Ta Tork commune deputy police chief Chhem Chon.
“It was a kind of mine left from the war,” he said, adding that Sokhum had been carried out of the jungle and sent to provincial hospital for treatment.
According to the Cambodian Mine-UXO Victim Information System, 43 people were killed and another 185 people injured by mines or UXO in 2012.
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