The National Police have banned the use or transportation of explosives in the lead up to the July 29 national elections, saying the move serves to stem excessive noise and any terrorist threats.
Signed on Tuesday by Deputy National Police Commissioner Chhay Sinarith, the document says it is meant to keep public spaces safe, and that officers will be conducting spot checks.
Thaem Bunseng, a National Police director with the department of firearms and explosion management, said anyone using explosives for construction or excavation should take note.
“When it falls into the hands of people with ill intent, they could use it. We don’t want people to be scared. It should not be a problem, just one week before and after [the elections],” he said.
He said that construction sites have already been informed about the ban.