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UXO blasts wound two in Oddar Meanchey, Pailin

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An anti-tank mine exploded after a tractor drove over it on Saturday in Oddar Meanchey province, injuring a farmer. Heng Ratana VIA FACEBOOK

UXO blasts wound two in Oddar Meanchey, Pailin

Two men were wounded in separate unexploded ordnance blasts on Saturday in Oddar Meanchey and Pailin provinces.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Sunday that the first incident occurred in Trapaing Prasat district’s Bak Anloung commune in Oddar Meanchey province at 9:55am on Saturday.

“The victim was a 24-year-old farmer named Saing Daro. Daro was ploughing a field when his tractor drove over an anti-tank mine, detonating it. He suffered injuries to his right hand and the tractor was badly damaged,” Ratana said.

Trapaing Prasat district police chief of staff Sie Chanda on Sunday said specialist authorities sent the injured man to the hospital and inspected the site following the incident.

“He cultivates the land every year, but this time he drove over a bomb. He is okay now. He suffered only light injuries,” Chanda said.

Separately in Pailin province, another farmer suffered serious injuries to his left foot after stepping on an anti-personnel mine on Saturday afternoon in Boyakha commune near Pailin town.

Boyakha commune police chief Chor Manh said Tos Thoeun was clearing the forest for farming when he stepped on the explosive remnant of war.

“Some of his land was too hard to plough, so he was clearing the forest for farmland when he detonated the mine,” Manh said, adding that the 36-year-old was knocked unconscious and admitted to the provincial referral hospital.

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