Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Deminers informed of 14 more chemical bombs

Deminers informed of 14 more chemical bombs

Cambodian Mine Action Centre officials remove a US chemical bomb in Svay Rieng’s Koki commune.
Cambodian Mine Action Centre officials remove a US chemical bomb in Svay Rieng’s Koki commune. Photo supplied

Deminers informed of 14 more chemical bombs

Cambodia's top demining official said that authorities have discovered or received reports of about 14 new chemical bombs in Svay Rieng’s Koki commune as of yesterday.

“As of today . . . there are 14 [new] bombs,” said Heng Ratana, director of the Cambodia Mine Action Centre.

Authorities discovered two bombs filled with tear gas at the town’s primary school and pagoda in January. Demining officials descended on Koki commune last week, following an anti-American tirade from Prime Minister Hun Sen.

While excavating the bombs, villagers accidentally exposed themselves to chemicals inside another, similar bomb 3 kilometres way, landing eight individuals in the hospital.

Later that day, Ratana claimed there were reports of six new chemical bombs in the commune. Yesterday, that number jumped to 14.

“They are similar bombs . . . we have not ID’ed all of them yet. We have visual contact on three,” Ratana said, adding the estimate was based on villagers’ reports.

While the bomb on the grounds of the primary school has been removed, Ratana said authorities are having difficulty finding the bomb at the pagoda.

Writing that it is “hidden underground” on Facebook, Ratana said authorities are working carefully to avoid damaging the pagoda. He also wrote that three of the eight hospitalised villagers returned for treatment on Monday “as their health couldn’t recover”.


  • Kak Channthy, Cambodian Space Project frontwoman, killed in crash at 38 [Updated]

    Updated 5:05pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Kak Channthy, frontwoman of popular The Cambodian Space Project, was killed Tuesday morning in a traffic accident in Phnom Penh. She was 38. Channthy, the internationally recognised singer-songwriter also known as “Srey Thy”, was reportedly travelling in a tuk-tuk on the city's

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which