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Farmer loses arm after anti-tank mine explosion

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Police rescue the anti-tank mine victim. Koh Santepheap

A farmer lost his right arm after driving his tractor over an anti-tank mine in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrov district on Monday afternoon.

Norng Samraing, O’Beichoan commune police chief, yesterday said that the victim, Chrun Thoeun, 38, lives in Battambang province’s Moung Russei district and was hired to drive the tractor to harvest rice in O’Chrov district.

“He has done this work for about 20 years already and it was fine for him, but he had bad luck that day,” he said. “He hit the anti-tank mine and it exploded and injured him.”

Mr Samraing said that at about 3pm on Monday, other farmers left the rice field, but Mr Thoeun wanted to finish his work and struck the mine while alone.

“Mr Thoeun is safe now after we quickly sent him to a hospital in Thailand, but we regret that his right arm was amputated,” said Mr Samraing.

Mr Samraing noted that farming in the area has since been suspended to allow officials from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre to examine the fields.

The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority recently reported that from January to September, 11 people were killed by mines or unexploded ordnance.

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