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Fresh Mines Laid

Fresh Mines Laid

PHNOM PENH (AP) - A Phnom Penh government truck hit a land mine in Siem

Reap province on July 25, killing one passenger and seriously injuring at least 15

others.

The vehicle, carrying 27 people, struck the mine July 25 on Route 56, 225 kilometers

northwest of Phnom Penh, said Eric Falt, spokesman for the U.N. Transitional Authority

in Cambodia (UNTAC).

The more serious casualties were flown to Phnom Penh by U.N. helicopters.

Also last week in Siem Reap, a U.N. Civilian Police Patrol came close to running

over a mine. The driver turned back after spotting a suspicious object on the road,

Falt said.

"An investigation is being conducted in order to know who is responsible for

the laying of these mines but there is no definite evidence at this stage,"

Falt said.

New mines have been laid on some roads in northern Cambodia, Falt said.

He cautioned in particular against travel on roads near Phum Kulen in Preah Vihear

province and Banteay Meanrith in Banteay Meanchey province, and on Route 6 from Kompong

Thom city to Siem Reap. Mines have also been laid on both sides of Route 68 (north

of Kralanh) in Siem Reap province, Falt said.

Route 12 north of Kompong Thom-near the village of Sala Vichay-is still closed because

of land mines and artillery fighting between Phnom Penh and Khmer Rouge forces.

UNTAC Chief Yasushi Akashi said last week that the continued laying of land mines

and other attacks amounted to "a deliberate policy of terror against ordinary

Cambodians."

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