Mortar shell injures boy

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Some of the ordnance uncovered recently. Supplied

A boy of 11 was seriously injured when a bomb he was playing with exploded on Saturday in Battambang province’s Koas Krala district.
Koas Krala district police chief Chhang Vanchhay said yesterday that May Sameth had gone out to take care of a cow in a nearby field.
After he finished his work, he walked to bush land to hunt animals or birds. 
The boy found a 60mm mortar shell and picked it up to play with, throwing it at a tree.
It exploded, seriously injuring his right arm, his face and his left eye. The boy was sent to the provincial hospital.
Mr Vanchhay said it was lucky that other children were not close to the victim, otherwise they would have been injured or killed.
“That area was a place of war,” he said.
“So far this year, this is the first case of its kind, but last year a man was also injured in the same area when his tractor drove over a bomb.” 
Meanwhile, almost 100 cluster bombs were cleared safely in Kratie province’s Kratie town last week.
Cambodian Mine Action Centre director-general Heng Ratana said yesterday that experts removed the bombs from Rokar Kandal commune.
“The cluster sub-munitions were in an area planned for clearance by the centre,” he said.
There are more cluster bombs than any other type of munition in Cambodia, he added, saying there had been 27.9 million cluster bombs, but most have now been cleared.

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