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Anti-tank mine kills Oddar Meanchey tractor driver

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An anti-tank mine explosion at Phlat commune's Svay Chek village of Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district on April 22. POLICE

Anti-tank mine kills Oddar Meanchey tractor driver

A 30-year-old tractor driver died at hospital from serious injuries sustained in an anti-tank mine explosion at Phlat commune's Svay Chek village of Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district on April 22, according to local police.

Commune police chief Ol Run told The Post that the incident happened just before noon when the victim identified as Chhiek Ly was ploughing a farmland about 3km from the village.

“He was ploughing the land which has small trees when the mine exploded. He got critically injured with his left arm completely destroyed. His relative rushed him to the district referral hospital but he succumbed to injuries,” Run said.

According to the commune police chief, the area is still contaminated with mines, though this was the first such accident to have occurred in this commune in recent years.

Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana shared his condolence to the victim's family.

“This is the legacy of war,” he said in a Facebook post.

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