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Man found collecting UXOs as a hobby

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Local authorities and the Cambodian Mine Action Center yesterday discovered a big collection of anti-personnel landmines and other unexploded ordnances at a man’s house in Banteay Meanchey province’s Tomnob Dach village.

The man was identified as Ka Sonit, 49, a father of three.

Heng Ratana, CMAC director-general, said nearly 30 landmines and UXOs were discovered at Mr Sonit’s house. He was found to have even hung some of the explosives from the branches of a tree next to his house as “decoration”.

“These landmines can be triggered easily and he is lucky that none of them exploded,” Mr Ratana said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ses Vibol, police chief of O’Chrov district, said Mr Sonith is suffering from a mental disorder, adding he will not face any legal action.

“CMAC has taken possession of the explosives. Our authorities have educated him not to do this again,” he said.

Mr Ratana, who called the finding “unbelievable”, said people have to report discovery of UXOs, either in open fields or in anyone’s possession.

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