Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CMAC deactivates 132 cluster bombs in Kratie

CMAC deactivates 132 cluster bombs in Kratie

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cluster bombs found in Ksim commune’s Samrong village in Snuol district. Photo supplied

CMAC deactivates 132 cluster bombs in Kratie

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) on Monday deactivated 132 US-made BLU-24 cluster bombs in Samrong village in Kratie province’s Snuol district.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana on Monday urged people who live in provinces along the Cambodia-Vietnam border to be vigilant. He cautioned villagers to stay away from all unexploded ordnances (UXOs).

“Be cautious and don’t touch or dig out [bombs] because it is easy for them to explode,” he said.

Keo Sarath, who is CMAC’s Demining Unit 5 head based in neighbouring Tbong Khmum province, said the UXO was found on Sunday after the forest had been cleared to expand a plantation.

“BLU-24 cluster bombs were made in the US and are war remnants left behind from the period of conflict in the 1970s. [The BLU-24] is a collection of bombs designed to be dropped from aeroplanes. The cluster bombs consisted of six dispenser units, 2m in length, totalling 132 bombs," Sarath said.

His team attended the site and successfully deactivated the collection of bombs, which were taken to a secure location.

CMAC director-general Ratana said that according to CMAC data, Cambodia was bombed by the US across 115,275 locations. The US carried out 230,544 bombing raids, which meant more than 2.8 million tonnes of ordnance was dropped which is equivalent to a total of 2,590,000 bombs.

Meanwhile, British demining group HALO Trust destroyed and deactivated six pieces of UXO in Kampong Chhnang’s Kampong Tralach district on Tuesday.

The UXO was found by villagers and sent to the district’s Longvek commune police station, said Sman Makara, HALO Trust’s head of mobile teamwork ordnance clearing, on Tuesday.

He said the UXO included 107mm, 105mm, 75mm and 60mm mortars, and US-made M79 and M26 grenade launcher rounds.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

    Cambodia's business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in

  • Nesat beach: A magnet drawing tourists to the Kingdom’s coastline

    A white sandy beach lined by countless coconut trees awaits travellers off Cambodia’s southwest coast in Koh Kong province’s Srae Ambel district, about 170km from Phnom Penh. Over the past few years Nesat beach – a name inspired by a nearby fishing village – has

  • PM: Workers must train for Industry 4.0

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged the Kingdom’s workforce to seek more technical training and strengthen their skills if they are to avoid job losses resulting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Hun Sen said the fourth industrial revolution is like a double-edged sword that

  • Huawei applies for OS trademark in Cambodia

    China's Huawei Technologies Co has applied to trademark the “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in a number of countries including Cambodia in a bid to launch its homegrown operating system as a replacement for the Android OS, Reuters has reported. Huawei has applied to trademark the “