Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police in Siem Reap seize rifles as CMAC finds 100 bombs



Police in Siem Reap seize rifles as CMAC finds 100 bombs

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Officials pose with homemade rifles confiscated and voluntarily handed over by villagers in Siem Reap province on Wednesday. swiftnews

Police in Siem Reap seize rifles as CMAC finds 100 bombs

Chy Kreng district police in Siem Reap province seized 138 homemade rifles on Wednesday from locals, while Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) working groups in Prey Veng province unearthed more than 100 cluster bombs.

Tan Sophon, Chy Kreng district deputy police chief, said most of the homemade weapons were seized from villagers, while the others were voluntarily handed over during a gun campaign.

Police went door-to-door in search of weapons and asked the public to hand over any rifles in their possession in return for amnesty against legal action for owning them.

Sophon said the weapons included 15 wooden rifles and 12 arrow rifles, and 106 airguns. The officials also seized unusable rifles such as an AK47, an M16, two CKCs and an AR15.

“The villagers were using them to hunt rats, snakes and other nocturnal animals. Currently the weapons are being kept at the provincial police station warehouse,” Sophon said.

Separately, Heng Ratana, director-general of CMAC, told The Post that over two days his working groups found around 100 cluster bombs in Prey Veng’s Peam Ro district.

Ratana added that his teams were looking for more bombs and called on the people in the area to be careful if they came across suspicious or unfamiliar objects. “Please report to the authorities if you find anything suspicious and do not touch or play with it,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and