Police say a farmer was injured on Sunday when a live unexploded ordnance (UXO) exploded as he was clearing wild grass on his farmland in Kratie province’s Snoul district.
Snoul district police chief Nhang Soryun said the injured farmer was sent to a local provincial hospital to receive treatment.
“The explosion happened [Sunday] afternoon. One person was injured in the explosion,” Mr Soryun said. “He was clearing grass on his farmland.”
Khsim commune police chief Chhoun Teng said the victim, Phall Thoeun, 27, accidentally agitated an explosive round suspected to be a 40mm grenade used in the M79 grenade launcher, left over from the war.
“He was sent to a private clinic. It was a grenade for an M79. The shell is sensitive,” he said. “He was using a grass cutter to mow wild grass.”
“We heard the explosion and we went to the site to bring him to hospital. He injured both of his thighs and his eyebrow. The grenade came from the Khmer Rouge regime.”
“He suffered injuries from shrapnel and we sent the victim to the Kampong Cham provincial hospital for treatment,” he said.
Mr Teng added once a month, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre comes to find unexploded ordnance in areas within the commune, but many remain scattered among farmlands.