Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US ordnance found in Kandal, Takeo: officials



US ordnance found in Kandal, Takeo: officials

A technician removes part of an MK-82 bomb found in Kandal province on Wednesday. Photo supplied
A technician removes part of an MK-82 bomb found in Kandal province on Wednesday. Photo supplied

US ordnance found in Kandal, Takeo: officials

Three 220-kilogram US-made MK-82 bombs were uncovered on Wednesday in Kandal province, according to Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), who announced the find in two Facebook posts the same day.

According to one of the posts, CMAC, upon receiving local reports of bombs in four different locations in Kandal Steung district, uncovered and subsequently defused three bombs before transporting them back to the centre.

Returning to what is becoming a common refrain for him, Ratana went on to castigate the US for indiscriminately bombing Cambodia in the 1970s, writing that the site where the bombs were discovered was close to Phnom Penh and “not [part of] Ho Chi Minh’s trail areas”, the ostensible target of much of the US’ bombing runs.

“To the people who still believe that US bombardments of Cambodia only took place near the Vietnamese borders, this proves that it is not true,” he added in Khmer.

Ratana, however, did not mention US bombing sorties carried out against the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, and could not be reached yesterday. His criticisms came the same day that Prime Minister Hun Sen condemned the US for dropping bombs that injured and killed Cambodian children at a UNICEF conference in Siem Reap.

Another unexploded MK-82 was uncovered in Takeo province on Tuesday, according to a separate post from Ratana.

Nob Dol, Prek Phtorl commune chief in Takeo’s Angkor Borei district, said yesterday that the bomb was first uncovered about a year ago by a farmer, who, fearing the bomb, left it buried.

Local authorities eventually found out and informed CMAC, who went to the site on Tuesday. Dol noted that the area was heavily bombed during the ‘70s, leading to many deaths.

Jovina Chua

MOST VIEWED

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration