Soldier Loses Leg to Mine in Preah Vihear

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A soldier’s leg was blown off after he stepped on an anti-personal mine near Preah Vihear temple early yesterday morning, officials said yesterday.
 
Choam Ksan district deputy police chief Captain Has Yuth said 36-year-old cadet officer Ly Luon, who was stationed at the Choam Ksan Military Operation Base in Preah Vihear province, was patrolling with a group of soldiers along the Thai-Cambodia border when the mine detonated.
 
He said at about 1:30 am the group was patrolling Choam Ksan district’s Sa Em commune when Mr. Luon stepped on the mine. He was then rushed to the provincial hospital.
 
“He stepped on an anti-personal mine which was planted during the fighting between Thai and Cambodian troops and it was planted in Cambodian territory,” he said.
 
The area is notorious for unexploded ordnance accidents as it has often been the scene of fierce fighting between different groups who retreated to the area in the early ’90s.
 
Captain Yuth said last year two Cambodian soldiers were injured by mines in Choam Ksan district in Preah Vihear province.
 
In February, eight casualties were provisionally recorded, representing a decrease of 50 percent compared with the 16 casualties reported in February 2015, according to The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority website.
 
Additional reporting by Mark Tilly

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