Villagers find nearly 40 UXOs in Battambang

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CMAC will now dispose of the UXOs. CMAC

Villagers in Battambang province on Wednesday found nearly 40 unexploded ordnances left over from war while they were clearing land in Kors Kralor district’s Chhnal Moan commune.

Colonel Chhang Vanchhai, district police chief, yesterday said that 39 unexploded ordnances, including one DK rocket, 21 B rockets, five 60-milimetre rockets, two 62-milimetre rockets and ten mines were found in Prey Totoeng village.

“After receiving information from the residents, our police officers went to check and reported the matter to the Cambodian Mine Action Centre for further action,” he said.

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Col Vanchhai appealed to people to be careful when they find unexploded ordnance and other weapons and to immediately report the matter to police to avoid accidents.

CMAC director Heng Ratana yesterday also advised people to be cautious and not leave UXO’s in the open, especially where children play.

“In this case in Battambang province, people went to put up tents to live temporarily next to the unexploded ordnance,” he said. “After the elders cleared the land for farming, it was possible that children may later have gone to play near the unexploded ordnance leading to accidents.”

Last week, police in Battambang city and CMAC officials also collected nearly 200 mortar tail fins for destruction after scrappers had left the tails near a canal in Prek Preah Sdach commune’s O’Kcheay village.

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