Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - War-era rocket explodes, killing 13-year-old boy and injuring three children

War-era rocket explodes, killing 13-year-old boy and injuring three children

A man helps boy injured by a war-era rocket on Thursday. The rocket exploded and killed a 13-year-old boy and severely injured three other children in Battambang’s Samlot district. Facebook
A man helps boy injured by a war-era rocket on Thursday. The rocket exploded and killed a 13-year-old boy and severely injured three other children in Battambang’s Samlot district. Facebook

War-era rocket explodes, killing 13-year-old boy and injuring three children

A war-era rocket head uncovered in a newly-cleared forest exploded on Thursday, killing a 13-year-old boy and severely injuring three other children in Battambang’s Samlot district, a hotspot of fighting during Cambodia's civil war.

The children found the head of a Chinese-made 107mm rocket near their home in Kampong Lpao commune's O'chorm Kandal village, said Keo Muk, the Kampong Lpao commune police chief.

“They did not know it was a weapon and played with it when their parents were out for work,” he said.

The oldest boy, Sam Bros, hit the rocket head with a stone, detonating it at about 4:30 pm, killing him instantly, Muk said. He said the explosion seriously injured the boy's 5-year-old younger brother Sam Thab; a 4-year-old girl, Pheak Sreypich; and a 10-year-old boy, Tith Van.

He said the victims just recently moved from nearby Pursat province to live in the village, so they were unaware of the dangers of unexploded ordnance in the area.

The younger children received leg injuries and were admitted to the hospital, he said.

In a statement on Facebook, Cambodian Mine Action Centre head Heng Ratana said the area had seen heavy fighting during the war.

"It's vital to recall that CMAC has cleared a number of minefields in this commune and found many anti-tank landmines with double or triple in each hole," Ratana said.

Although the war is over, devastation "by remnants of war does not end yet", he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Khmer New Year holidays postponed

    In an effort to halt Covid-19 infections in the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen has postponed the Khmer New Year holidays scheduled from April 13 to 16. While the people will not have their usual break, nor will there be any public celebrations or gatherings at pagodas,

  • No word on state of emergency

    The National Assembly (NA) said it will postpone all unnecessary meetings in line with guidance from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it did not say when or how it will debate the “state of emergency”

  • State of emergency draft law set for NA

    A draft law aiming to place the Kingdom in a state of emergency amid the Covid-19 pandemic is set for a debate at the National Assembly (NA) after going through the Council of Ministers’ Standing Committee meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.

  • NA, Senate set for bill on ‘emergency’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested the Senate to convene an extraordinary meeting to review the draft law that aims to put the Kingdom in a state of emergency after the bill reached the National Assembly (NA) on Friday. The draft law, which was approved

  • Tourists can now prolong their stay

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said tourists holding Visa T and arriving in the Kingdom after January 1 will be allowed to prolong their stay until they are able to return home. The decision comes as Cambodia and most countries take measures to

  • Hun Sen, ministers, officials donate salaries in virus fight

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior government officials have decided to donate their salaries to the National Committee for Combating Covid-19 in support of the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. Hun Sen announced in an April 1 letter that because the Covid-19 situation in Cambodia