Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mine blast kills six, injures two

Mine blast kills six, injures two

Mine blast kills six, injures two

121002_06b

People look at the site of an anti-tank mine blast that killed six people, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in Battambang province. Photograph supplied

An anti-tank mine explosion in Battambang’s Ratanak Mondol district killed six people and injured two others on Sunday.

Leang Vuthy, bureau chief of the district’s police statistics office, said a truck with an attached plough was carrying farmers back from a trip to market when it hit the mine, causing the explosion.

“Parts of their bodies were scattered 30 metres from the area, and some of the parts were hanging from the branches of a tree,” Vuthy said.

“The incident is one of the biggest tragedies to have ever occurred [in this area].”

The six dead, aged 17 to 25, were three women and three brothers. The brothers’ father, 57, and a 17-year-old woman had been injured, Vuthy said.

Five of the victims died instantly, and the sixth died on arrival at a Battambang hospital.

According to Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, Battambang is a high-risk area for anti-tank mines.

“They are found in strategic areas with fighting between government forces and the Khmer Rouge,” he said.

The Cambodia Mine Victims Information System has reported 20 mine and UXO casualties in Battambang province between January and August of this year, the highest number for any province.

Chhiv Lim, project manager for CMVIS, said the explosion was one of the largest this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at [email protected]
With assistance from Rachel Will

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all