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Large bombs found in Kampong Speu, Prey Veng provinces

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Mine clearance officials take out bomb from Prey Veng province. Fresh News

Experts of the Cambodian Mine Action Center have cleared two MK 82 bombs found each in Kampong Speu and Prey Veng provinces.

Major Khut Soryabot, Phnom Sruoch district deputy police chief, in charge of public order, said that a bomb, which weighed 241 kilograms, on Sunday was found by a local resident when he was digging a pond in Ou commune in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruoch district.

“The unexploded bomb was found when he was digging the pond at around more than seven metres deep, where the bomb was sitting in good shape,” Maj Soriyabot said. “It is lucky that he did not hit it when he was digging, which would’ve caused it to explode.”

He added that police forces reported the findings to CMAC officials, who removed the bomb from the site on Tuesday and subsequently destroyed it.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ek Seanhorn, Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdach district deputy police chief, said today that in Kampong Soeng commune’s Prey Khla village, locals last week who were using a machinery to clear a rice field also found a bomb, which measured one-and-a-half metres. He added that CMAC officials have neutralised it.

“The bomb was buried at around four metres deep and weighed between 100 to 200 kilograms,” Lt Col Seanhorn said. “In the past, we have continuously found unexploded ordnances in the area.”

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