Two children suffered injuries following an explosion in Pursat province’s Krakor district on Friday, police said today.
The victims were identified as ten-year-old Heng Phanna and four-year-old Heng Phanny, siblings living in the district’s Sna Ansa commune.
Captain Soun Savern, chief of Sna Ansa commune police, said the victims were picking rubbish when one of them discovered a grenade.
The grenade was brought to the other sibling when it exploded, injuring both victims, he said.
“The children suffered injuries to their hands and legs, but they survived,” he said, adding that police are now looking for the person responsible for throwing the grenade in a rubbish pile. “People in the commune dispose of their rubbish in the same area. We are now looking for the person responsible.”
Sna Ansa commune chief Mok Kor said that the victims were sent to hospital and were discharged today.
“We told the mother to look after her children and explained to her that children should not play with dangerous things,” he said. “We told villagers not to touch unexploded ordnance or bombs because they are dangerous. They must instead report their finding to the authorities.”
In a separate case last year, a teacher and three students were injured after an unexploded bomb detonated while rubbish was being burned at a school in Oddar Meanchey province.
According to a report by the Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority last week, from 1979 until September of this year, 64,769 people have been killed or injured by unexploded ordnances.