Students, villagers find old rockets near school

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Unexploded rockets discovered near a school in Pursat. Supplied

Villagers and students in Pursat’s Kandeang district found more than 140 unexploded rockets buried in the ground at Kngan secondary school.

But An, the chief of weapons management, traffic, roads and fires at the Kandeang district police, said on Monday the 60-millimetre rockets were found by villagers and students at the Kngan secondary school on February 10 and 11 when they used excavators to clear the land for planting crops.

“On February 10, they found 48 unexploded rockets and then authorities and the Halo Trust organisation destroyed them. On February 12 we went to search again and found another 93 unexploded rockets in the same place.” he said.

According to a recent Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority report, there were 39 accidents in 2017, a decrease of 46 percent if compared with the 72 cases in 2016.

The report added that of the 39 incidents, 20 cases were mine explosions and 19 were explosive remnants of war. When combined, these resulted in 58 casualties, a decrease of 30 percent compared with the 83 casualties in 2016.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper.

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