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Cache of UXOs found in Battambang

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Police collected a cache of UXOs. National Police

A farmer found a cache of war remains in Battambang province’s Samlot district on Friday and handed it over to the demining agency.

Battambang police chief Major General Ouch Sokhon yesterday ordered his officers in cooperation with Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) to remove a total of 34 UXOs, including DK 75 mortar shells in Samlot commune’s Chhork Rokar village.

Samlot district police chief Lieutenant colonel Kor Sunkaing said that the UXOs were buried underground since the 1980s.

“All these UXOs were buried since the civil war and the people found it buried underground in their farm,” he said.

“I want to call on all the people living in the district to report to local authorities right away when they see all kinds of UXOs,” Lt Col Sunkaing said. “Please do not touch it, hit it or take and sell it to someone because it is very dangerous.”

According to the first nine-month report of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), 67 people were killed and injured by mines and UXOs.

All of 67 casualties, eleven people were killed, 43 were injured and 13 others were amputated.

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