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Homemade explosive goes off early, injures 5

Homemade explosive goes off early, injures 5

Five people including two children were seriously injured after a homemade bomb exploded in Battambang’s Kamrieng district on Sunday.

The bomb, which the maker hoped to use to kill fish in his pond, exploded while it was being made, said Kamrieng district police chief Phann Channara.

“The man collected gunpowder from firecrackers and put it into a long box,” Channara said. “He took a small stick to hit it in order to make it tight, and then it exploded.”

Channara added that the 23-year-old bomb maker, So Sila, was seriously injured.

Four people surrounding him at the time – So Ratha, 35; Yin Vun, 34; Khiev No, 8; and So Nong, 5 – were also injured. They were all sent to the hospital for treatment.

“It is dangerous, but luckily no one died,” Channara said. “I will invite the man who caused the problem and advise him to not do it again next time, because it can endanger lives.”

According to Channara, the making of the bomb was not strictly illegal as Sila meant to kill fish in his own pond.

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