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Explosives unearthed in Kandal

UXO uncovered by farmers in Kandal province yesterday. Photo supplied
UXO uncovered by farmers in Kandal province yesterday. Photo supplied

Explosives unearthed in Kandal

Two unexploded bombs, believed to be left over from the 1970s, were discovered at separate locations in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district, local police said yesterday.

The first, a 105mm shell, was found in a bush beside the Tonle Bassac river behind Sa’ang District Referral Hospital, said Prek Koy commune police chief Chhun Saret.

Police subsequently moved the bomb to a secure location pending collection by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) for detonation.

The second bomb, 80mm across, was discovered by Sok Suor on his land in Sitbou commune. Suor said that he found it while digging for termites to feed his chickens.

He said authorities had been notified but had yet to arrive. “Until now, the experts have not intervened to demine the ordinance yet,’’ he said.

Sitbou commune police chief Mei Sarin said yesterday that his officers lack the skills and equipment to deal with the ordnance and have contacted CMAC for assistance.

CMAC director Heng Rattana said he had dispatched a team of experts, but no team had arrived in Sitbou as of press time.

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