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UXO death: Man killed, wife injured by landmine

An unexploded landmine in Tbong Khmum province’s Memot district killed a man digging soil about a kilometre away from his home in Choam Kravien commune’s Thmor Tadok village yesterday morning.

The explosion killed Chan Y, 33, and injured his wife, Ak Sophat, 24, who was also there at the time, said Den Rithy, Choam Kravien commune police chief. Sophat suffered a slight injury to her hips, he added.

“We know the type of unexploded device this is, and it went off when [Y and Sophat] dug soil to plant cassava plants for the upcoming rainy season,” Rithy said yesterday. “[Y’s] body was dismembered; his wife stood away from her husband, and was slightly injured by flying shrapnel.”

The commune, which borders Vietnam, is a forest area with many pieces of unexploded ordnance buried in the ground, Kravien said.

Two landmine explosions occurred there last year, killing one person and injuring three in one case, and damaging a tractor in the other.

“In our commune, there are a lot of landmines in the ground, which have not been demined,” Rithy said.

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