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Grenade, mortars found in Oddar Meanchey

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National Police chief General Neth Savoeun yesterday ordered for an investigation after five shells of undetonated B40 rocket propelled grenades and DK mortar were found in Oddar Meanchey province.

According to police report, villagers spotted the four B40 RPGs and one DK mortar buried behind Hun Sen Routh Champey secondary school in Samraong city’s O’smach commune on June 16.

Villagers quickly informed provincial police and mine specialists moved to check the scene. The four B40 RPGs were buried in a pit with black powder while the DK mortar was hidden 10 metres away, the report said.

“A group from the national police are on the way there to investigate and identify who and what group did that,” Gen Savoeun added. “It looks like someone wanted to detonate the bombs behind the school.”

“Our police officers have collected all of the shells for technical forensic [investigation],” he added.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday said the case might be in relation to terrorism, noting that it was an evil intention to cause social instability.

“I think the person who placed it [the grenades] there had an evil purpose,” he said. “Now our police must identify and arrest that person or group to punish them.”

According to police report issued last night, former soldier Heng Chantha was arrested and is suspected of burying the items. He is now detained at the provincial police office for questioning.

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