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CMAC destroys 14 buried bombs across the Kingdom

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Assessments show 13 of the bombs were in good condition and active. Cambodian Mine Action Centre

CMAC destroys 14 buried bombs across the Kingdom

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) removed 14 bombs from 14 different locations in five provinces and Phnom Penh last month, its director said on Tuesday.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said on Facebook that CMAC disposed of the aerial bombs from locations in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham, Takeo and Svay Rieng.

The 14 bombs that were dropped from aircraft were buried in the ground, he said.

“Technical assessments showed 13 of the bombs were in good condition and active, while one of them had already exploded. These bombs were about five to seven metres deep in the ground. This is one of the major concerns for safety in areas used for infrastructure development and building construction,” he said.

Ratana could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Separately, a CMAC staffer in Pailin province, Rin Chouk, told The Post on Tuesday that four anti-tank mines were removed from a farm in Pailin city on Tuesday.

He said the farmer was using a tractor and accidentally found a mine, which luckily did not explode.

“Our team inspected the farm and found three other anti-tank mines close to each other. We dug into the ground and safely removed the mines.

“It is very lucky for the farmer that he did not detonate the first anti-tank mine, which is not defunct yet and could have exploded,” he said.

He said that last month, his unit cleared 28 UXOs and 27 mortars on more than 21ha.

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