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Farmer injured in UXO explosion

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The grenade exploded when the farmer was cutting grass. Swift News

A farmer was injured on Sunday when a live grenade exploded as he was clearing wild grass on his farmland in Kratie province’s Snuol district, police said yesterday.

Snuol district police chief Nhang Soryun said the injured farmer was sent to the 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.”

Khsoem commune police chief Chhoun Teng said the victim, Phall Thoeun, 27, accidentally set off a 40mm grenade left over from the war.

“He was sent to a private clinic. It was a grenade for an M79 grenade launcher. 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 forehead,” he added. “The grenade came from the Khmer Rouge regime. He suffered injuries from shrapnel and we sent him to the Kampong Cham provincial hospital for treatment.”

Mr Teng added that once a month, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre comes to find unexploded ordnance in areas within the commune, but many remain scattered among farmlands.

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