M16 Rounds Found on a Riverbank

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Officials examine some of the 800 M16 rounds. Supplied

A fisherman discovered a box containing more than 800 bullets as he was fishing in Kandal province on Saturday morning, telling police of his disappointment that the metal box had not contained anything more valuable.
 
L’vea Em district deputy police chief Phorn Sreng told Khmer Times yesterday that the bullets were in good condition and that most of them were probably still capable of being fired.  
 
“There is a total of 840 bullets for the M16 rifle, which were left since the Lon Nol regime [soldiers were in the district],” he said, adding that it was lucky there had not been an accident when the box was dug out of the riverbank.
 
“The man who found it called the police to inspect it and he agreed to give those bullets to the police,” he said, adding that all were being kept at the district police station.
 
According to the report filed by district police, 48-year-old San Seng found the box of bullets and offered them to the police for 20,000 riel ($5). It did not note if the police had paid for them.
 
Following decades of civil war and fighting, Cambodia is littered with conflict detritus. In the first nine months of 2016, 69 people were recorded as casualties of landmines or explosive remnants of war, according to an October report by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority.
 
The report noted that 24 people had died, with a further 20 requiring lower limb amputations. Between 1979, when Vietnam invaded Cambodia to push out the Khmer Rouge, and September this year, there have been 64,648 recorded casualties.

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