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Hundreds of mortar fins found in canal

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Officers recover the mortar tail fins. Supplied

Nearly 200 mortar tail fins were handed over to Battambang city police on Friday after residents of O’Kcheay village found them in a canal.

Major Suon Chhieth, deputy chief of city police, yesterday said the villagers found a total of 187 120mm, 82mm and 60mm mortar tail fins on Friday afternoon, noting that the fins may have been discarded by scrappers.

“Those mortar tails are remnants from long ago, scrappers might have not have been able to sell the tails,” Maj Chhieth said. “Those tails aren’t attached to any explosives, but we are ready to hand them over to the Cambodian Mine Action Centre.”

He added that all residents, especially scrappers, must immediately report the discovery of unexploded ordnance.

On Friday, CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said officials confiscated a 155mm mortar shell used as a bell at a school in Kampong Thom province.

“The shell was removed from the primary school and police told teachers and students about the dangers of unexploded ordnance,” Mr Ratana said.

Last month, a 37-year-old man in Battambang province was killed after stepping onto an anti-personnel landmine while harvesting bamboo in Ratanak Mondul district’s Phlouv Meas commune.

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