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More UXOs in Kngan School soil

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
The Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAC) cleared 159 unexploded ordinances from the grounds of the Kngan Secondary School in Pursat province. CMAC

Pursat’s Kandeang district police and the Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAC) found nearly 160 unexploded ordinances (UXOs) that lay beneath the soil at the Kngan Secondary School in Svay Loung commune.

The chief of weapons management with Kandeang district police, But An, said that on March 13 the CMAC and local authorities revisited the location that had already yielded an abundance of unexploded mortar rounds in February [we reported].

This time they unearthed 159 live mortar rounds and an unexploded RPG (rocket-propelled grenade).

“The head of rockets [RPGs and mortar rounds] are dangerous … because may [unexpectedly] explode,” But An said.  He also stated that the CMAC has now removed the UXOs but is sure they will find more of them.

On February 10 and 11, Kandeang district police and Halo Trust organization unearthed 141 UXOs on the grounds of this school after students and villagers alerted the police.  The UXOs were later destroyed.

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