Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Deminer killed in explosion

Deminer killed in explosion

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A deminer was taken into emergency treatment after an accident during deming. Photo supplied.

Deminer killed in explosion

One employee of the British demining organisation Halo Trust died and another was injured after an antipersonnel mine exploded while they were working in Pailin province on Friday, the organisation confirmed.

Loeung Reaksmey, 54, died immediately after a Russian-made PMN2 antipersonnel mine exploded as he and his assistant were attempting to remove it from the ground, said Keo Pov, a Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) official in Pailin province. His technical assistant, Ngun Thany, 28, was seriously injured and sent via helicopter to a hospital in Battambang province.

“Thany was injured on her face and body, but the doctor at the emergency hospital successfully operated [on her] and rescued her life,” Pov said.

Halo representatives said Reaksmey was an experienced deminer who had been working with the organisation since 2003.

“His recent work at Ba Huy, a small village on the border with Thailand, was equally important, with himself and his colleagues having cleared 1,458 landmines from 28 minefields surrounding the community,” Halo said in a statement. “Initial findings indicate that Mr Reaksmey and his colleague were preparing a lane ahead of clearance and initiated an anti-personnel mine.”

Chea Chandin, Pailin provincial police chief, said this was the first time a Halo employee died in the province. “In the past, some people were injured and died because of mines while they were foraging, ploughing rice fields, or hunting wild animals along the Cambodia-Thailand border,” he noted.

On Saturday, Cambodian Red Cross agents visited the hospital and offered Thany food and monetary assistance, he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Malaysian MP calls on his government to take stand on Cambodian elections

    A Malaysian parliamentarian raised concerns in his country on Wednesday about Cambodia’s July 29 national elections and urged his government to clarify its position on the subject, the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said on Thursday. Wong Chen, a member of the People’s

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not