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Bomb found in Kampot province

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The Cambodian Mine Action Centre found a US-made MK-82 aircraft bomb on Monday in Kampot province’s Chumkiri district.

Heng Ratana, director-general of CMAC, said that his officials found the MK-82 bomb buried slightly underground.

Mr Ratana said that after receiving information from villagers and local police, CMAC deminers took action to remove the bomb dropped in the 1970s from the area.

“We already disposed of the bomb,” he said. “It’s hard to defuse, but it was successfully neutralised and transported to a safe area.”

He said that the bomb weighs about 220 kilos and still had the possibility of exploding.

In the first three months of this year, CMAC has cleared nearly 7,000 landmines and unexploded ordnance across the Kingdom, he noted.

Last month, CMAC and Norwegian People’s Aid signed a cooperation contract to implement a Cluster Munitions Remnant Survey and Clearance project which is supported by the US.

The project will run one year with a total grant amount of $1,600,000.

In order to achieve the project targets, CMAC will deploy about 200 staff members to Kratie, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Stung Treng provinces to clear about 2,200 hectares of land.

In 2017, CMAC recovered about 30 unexploded MK-82s throughout the country, a dip from the 90 found in 2016.

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