Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Weapons cache found in Kampong Speu

Weapons cache found in Kampong Speu

An extensive cache of weapons was unearthed by a farmer in Kampong Speu's Phnom Sruouch district on Saturday that was possibly left over from the Cambodian Civil War. Photo supplied
An extensive cache of weapons was unearthed by a farmer in Kampong Speu's Phnom Sruouch district on Saturday that was possibly left over from the Cambodian Civil War. Photo supplied

Weapons cache found in Kampong Speu

A farmer ploughing his land in Kampong Speu’s Phnom Sruoch disrict unearthed an extensive cache of old weapons left over from the Cambodian civil war on Saturday morning, according to local police.

Say Bunthorn, Phnom Sruoch district police chief, told The Post the stash consisted of, among other things, a 12.7mm machine gun, three B-41 and two B-40 rocket launchers, a CKC rifle, an M16 rifle, 253 bullets and a T-25 radio.

“Those ordnances are the war legacy from the Lon Nol regime,” Bunthorn said.

Weapons and unexploded ordnance from the conflict between Lon Nol and the Khmer Rouge, and the subsequent years of war after the Khmer Rouge’s ouster, are still regularly uncovered in Cambodia.

Bunthorn said the farmer, Sim Kea, discovered the weapons while he was preparing to plant bamboo. Kea then called the provincial police who impounded the war relics.

“The weapons were gathered and impounded temporarily at the Dambouk Roung Commune Police Station to be later handed to [the Cambodian Mine Action Centre] for detonation,” Bunthorn added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding