Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Man injured in blast at illegal mine

Man injured in blast at illegal mine

Man injured in blast at illegal mine

A 27-year-old man was badly injured in an explosion at an illegal mining site in Battambang’s Phnom Prek district yesterday afternoon, police said.

According to Song Sopheak, Phnom Prek’s district police chief, the man and a few others were using dynamite to excavate an unlicensed gold mine when a technical error caused the dynamite to explode prematurely at about 1pm.

“They were mining illegally there and [the dynamite] exploded, injuring one of them badly, but [he was] not killed,” Sopheak told the Post yesterday, adding that the victim lived in Phnom Prek village, and had been sent to Thailand to receive emergency medical treatment for the injuries he sustained.

Police are looking into the explosion, he added.

Chum Maly, the Phnom Prek village chief, said illegal mining still takes place around the village where the explosion occurred yesterday.

“About 20 people are mining illegally here. I saw police come and go, but I do not know what police are doing there,” he told the Post.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy is currently in the midst of a countrywide clampdown on illegal mining and sand dredging.


  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings. If you will be staying put in Phnom Penh for the

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the