Police in Mondulkiri’s Koh Nhek district on Saturday arrested two men for keeping three hand grenades in their home in Sre Sangkum commune.
District police chief Kan Penh said officers checked the house after one of the men reported the explosives to the police.
The two men were identified as Chum Reaksmey, 49, a soldier posted in Preah Vihear province, and Heng Sam Aun, 52, a local from Sre Sangkum commune.
Mr Penh said officers found the grenades after Mr Sam Aun reported them.
“They did not confess to their reasons for keeping the grenades, they only said they had kept them for a long time,” he said.
“The grenades belong to the army. They can only be used if the army issues them with a letter of mission.
Furthermore, the bombs are currently listed in the army’s warehouse. They cannot be kept in a private house.”
When asked why Mr Sam Aun was sent to the police even though he was the one to raise the alarm, Mr Penh said it was up to provincial authorities to determine whether to send both suspects to court or not.
So Sovan, provincial deputy police chief, said Mr Sam Aun only reported the grenades after police found out about them.
Provincial court spokesman Morm Vanda said that no charges were filed against the suspects yet because questioning was still under way.