Boy fisherman lands ammunition catch

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As far as catches go, this was a big one. Supplied

Nearly 1,000 AK-47 bullets were found in Battambang province’s Ek Phnom district when a boy went to fish in a canal and found the box of ammunition and nine magazines at the water’s edge.

Ek Phnom district police chief Long Yothea Vireak said the boy told police of the find and they went to check.

“They are new and work,” Mr Yothea Vireak said. “We informed the weapons and explosive management office of the provincial police to take it for safe keeping.”

Mr Yothea Vireak said police spent two days checking the area to make sure there were no more weapons or bullets still there and did not find any.

“I suspect that these bullets were left there by suspects who traffic weapons to Thailand and could not take it last time,” he said. “That’s why they left it at the stream.”

Mr Yothea Vireak expressed his appreciation at the boy who saw the bullets and told police without touching them or taking them away.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre issued a report last week saying that from January to June it had cleared more than 5,279 hectares and found and destroyed more than 23,000 landmines and unexploded munitions.

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