Man loses leg to mine buried in forest

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A man from Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City had his right leg blown off after stepping on an unexploded ordnance (UXO) while poaching birds in the forest on Friday, an official said.
 
So Channary, the commander of border police unit 911, told Khmer Times that 47-year-old Kop Man had left his home to catch turtledoves in the forest where he stepped on a buried bomb and it exploded.
 
“When the explosion happened, Mr. Man’s right leg was torn off by an old mine when he was catching turtledoves in the forest. He was taken to a hospital for treatment after the accident,” he said, adding that an old anti-personal mine – a remnant of the country’s civil war – had been buried.
 
Mines and UXO remain a leading cause of injury and death in Cambodia, with an estimated four to six million landmines and other munitions left from decades of war and internal conflict, according to a Cambodian Mine Action Authority report from November 2015.
 
The northwestern regions bordering Thailand are heavily affected, while other parts of the country are considered moderate to low impact zones, affected mainly by explosive remnants of war.
 
Landmine and UXO explosions killed 19,720 people from 1979 to September 2015, according to the report.
 

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