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Woman and grandson die in grenade blast

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:

An elderly woman and her grandson were killed yesterday after a grenade they scavenged exploded in their home in Svay Rieng province.

The explosion took place at about 10am in Svay Teap district’s Sambo commune.

Major Sam Saraorn, district deputy police chief, identified the two as Phong Sophy, 65, a garbage scavenger and Khuon Phanha, 10, a Grade 2 student.

He noted that the day before the explosion, the boy found a grenade in a rice field in Sambour village.

Maj Saraorn said he brought it home and gave it to Ms Sophy to dismantle and sell the pieces.

He said that the next day Ms Sophy started hitting the grenade to break it into pieces while her grandson watched.

“While she was hitting the grenade, it went off with a loud explosion,” Maj Sarorn said. “The blast injured them on the face, head, chest and stomach and they died on the spot.”

He said that commune police, who heard the explosion, went to investigate and found the victims’ bodies.

Maj Sarorn added that police and the provincial authority yesterday helped fund the funerals by providing some money and donations to the victims’ family.

He urged villagers, youths and children not touch, play with UXOs or use them to make home-made guns to catch fish.

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