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First civilian UNTAC innjured by mine

First civilian UNTAC innjured by mine

(AP)-A member of the U.N. election team in Cambodia ran over an anti-tank mine outside

his house in what was believed to be a mine-free area in northeastern Cambodia, a

U.N. spokesman said on Sept. 28.

Joshi Sunjoy, a 33-year-old Indian, was in stable condition recovering from a chest

concussion, spokesman Eric Falt said.

He said Joshi was the first civilian member of the United Nations Transitional Authority

in Cambodia to be injured by a mine. An estimated 22,000 peacekeepers from about

40 countries are in Cambodia to prepare the country for elections by next May.

One of Joshi's rear tires triggered the mine in Snuol, about 175 kilometers northeast

of Phnom Penh, and the force of the explosion flipped his vehicle over, Falt said.

Sunjoy had to wait about six hours for the weather to clear before he could be flown

to Phnom Penh, where he was operated on in the U.N. field hospital, Falt said.

He said it was likely the mine was buried so deep that it had been undetectable and

that heavy rain in the area pushed the mine to the surface.

Millions of mines were scattered throughout the country during the past two decades

of conflict and regularly claim the lives and limbs of Cambodians.

The only other UNTAC member injured by a mine, a member of the Bangladeshi infantry

battalion, was clearing a company position June 19 in northwestern Cambodia when

it blew up, Falt said.

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