Two ethnic Jarai farmers were seriously injured by a homemade grenade on Sunday morning after they used it to catch fish in a river in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav district.
The incident happened at about 9.30am on the O-Tang river located in Yatung commune’s Sam village.
District police chief Mao Sann said the two victims were brothers and had taken the grenade, which was filled with gunpowder, to detonate in the river to catch fish to sell.
He added that while the homemade device was burning, it immediately exploded with a loud bang and seriously injured the two men.
“The explosion caused the person holding the homemade grenade to lose his hand and it also injured his face and body. The other man was seriously injured on the left thigh and legs,” he said.
“After hearing the explosion, our local police forces went to the place and rescued them.”
Mr Sann identified the victims as Sev Tum, 28, who lost his right hand at the wrist, and his younger brother Sev Khva, 21. They were sent to the O’Yadav health centre for treatment.
To prevent future incidents, Mr Sann called on villagers not to make or use homemade devices to catch fish.