An 18-year-old was killed on Wednesday when he drove his tractor over an anti-tank landmine while plowing farmland in Pailin’s Sala Krao district.
District police officer Phoung Sithi said Chhi Chhiv died instantly in the explosion.
“The body was almost destroyed. His parents and relatives collected parts of the body for the funeral,” he said.
In a separated case, an anti-tank mine was found yesterday in Banteay Meanchey’s Svay Chek district.
Chea Slonh, Svay Chek district police chief, said a construction company discovered the mine as it was clearing land to build a road.
“Luckily, it did not explode. We told people to get away from it, and we reported it to CMAC office to pick it up,” he said.
According to the Cambodian Mine Victim Information System, three people have been killed, and 24 injured by land mines and unexploded ordnance in the first three months of the year, while another 11 people have had to have limbs amputated.