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Sisophon rat hunt ends with UXO find

Authorities stand behind unexploded ordnance found in Banteay Meanchey yesterday. Photo supplied.
Authorities stand behind unexploded ordnance found in Banteay Meanchey yesterday. Photo supplied.

Sisophon rat hunt ends with UXO find

A Villager in Banteay Mean-chey province yesterday unearthed a huge cache of unexploded ordnance and weapons while digging for wild rats to eat and sell in Sisophon town’s M’kak commune.

Kong Chanvey, 45, discovered the buried stash after pursuing a rodent to a hilltop behind his cassava field in Ben Chan village, according to Sisophon town deputy police chief Sam Broseth, who recounted Chan-vey’s testimony.

“He said ‘I saw the rat on the hill and I started digging. I got a few rats and I continued digging and then I saw another hole. Through the hole, I spotted the cartridges, and I hurriedly reported to the police to take those weapons and ordnances’,” Broseth said.

According to Broseth, who is in charge of explosives at the station, the cache included 11 B-40 rockets, two RPG launchers, a light machine gun, 100 machine gun bullets, a case of 700 cartridges for an AK-47 assault rifle and a Soviet-era CKC rifle.

Broseth said the equipment was subsequently impounded by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre for disposal at a later date.

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