Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - UXO found in three different provinces

UXO found in three different provinces

B40 rocket-propelled grenades sit on a table in Siem Reap province on Monday after they were retrieved from a cassava farm by authorities. National Police
B40 rocket-propelled grenades sit on a table in Siem Reap province on Monday after they were retrieved from a cassava farm by authorities. National Police

UXO found in three different provinces

Dozens of pieces of unexploded ordnance and hundreds of AK-47 bullets have been found on farmland in three provinces in recent days and handed over for disposal, according to local authorities yesterday.

Sok Sothearvuth, police chief in Siem Reap’s Chi Kraeng district, said that Mao Pich, 24, a farmer living in Khvav commune, on Monday morning handed over to the local authorities 31 unexploded rockets that were impounded by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre, who identified them as Chinese-made.

Pich’s ploughing discs struck on a blue bag buried in the ground; the bag tore and the ordnance fell out.

On Monday afternoon, a villager in Preah Sihanouk province’s Veal Rinh commune found an M-79 grenade round in landfill soil he had purchased, said Prey Nop district police chief Hing Chanrith.

“The M-79 was made in the US. It was left over from the war in Cambodia in the 1970s,” he said.

His authorities marked a perimeter around the site and placed a sign to prevent people from entering while they wait for CMAC experts to retrieve and destroy it.

Meanwhile, on Saturday in Banteay Meanchey province, one farmer found 550 AK-47 bullets and another located five AK-47s and two rocket launchers while ploughing land.

Border police official Brak Sam, in Thma Puok district, said that to encourage people to report weapons to authorities, the police provided monetary incentives and a reward certificate to each of the two men.


  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • US’ Cambodian ambassador appointment blocked

    The US Senate returned the nomination of Patrick Murphy as Ambassador to Cambodia back to US President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the American government shutdown entered its third week. The US Senate website announcement said it returned Murphy’s nomination as ambassador as his

  • ‘Indian’ tuk-tuk drivers take flak

    The drivers of “Indian” metered tuk-tuks are facing widespread criticism for failing to respect traffic laws and causing traffic jams and accidents. Nay Sitha, a resident of Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, spoke to The Post about the difficulties he faces, especially when travelling to

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as