Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Three die after UXO explodes in Prey Veng

Villagers gather around a Prey Veng house yesterday where three people were killed in an accident involving a UXO. Photo supplied
Villagers gather around a Prey Veng house yesterday where three people were killed in an accident involving a UXO. Photo supplied

Three die after UXO explodes in Prey Veng

A 73-year-old man and two of his grandchildren were killed in Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdech district when a decades-old explosive round that he thought had been disarmed exploded after he struck it, police said.

District police chief Chey Seng Heang said that victim Tep Phal had been in possession of a 105mm explosive shell since 1979 and, thinking it inert, was using it as a work surface in the presence of his granddaughter, 12, and grandson, 9.

“Yesterday, he was making poles for tying up cows. He was [hammering] metal pieces onto the poles and was using the bullet shell as a supporting surface. While he was doing that it exploded, killing all three,” Heang said.

The head and most of the contents of the round had been removed long ago, according to Romchek commune chief Pheung Ry, but the shell’s explosive primer was still intact.

“He put the case pointing downward into the ground, and put the pole with metal onto the trigger, and it exploded,” Ry said.

Ry said that Phal was a retired secondary teacher in the district, and noted one of his neighbours had lost a limb to unexploded ordnance in the past.

According to government figures, Prey Veng saw only one UXO casualty in 2015, and hadn’t experienced any as of February of this year, the most recent period for which figures are available.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern