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Man injured in UXO explosion in Pursat province

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Twelve UXOs are found in Siem Reap province. CMAA

In Pursat province, a man who was intoxicated suffered serious injuries after a cluster mine he threw into a stream exploded.

Colonel Theang Leng, Veal Veng district police chief, said yesterday Som Sabun, 34, sustained serious injuries on his right leg and chest after the incident.

He said the mine was found in a creek along the Kong Chlob steam. Local authorities are now patrolling the area looking for further cluster mines.

“After the explosion, the victim was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment,” he added.

Col Leng said villagers should report to the local authorities and landmine clearance operators when they find UXOs so immediate action can be taken to remove and prevent such from exploding.

Meanwhile in Siem Reap province, 12 UXOs were uncovered by residents in Svay Loeu district. The weapons were later removed and destroyed safely by the Cambodian Self Help Demining team.

According to a statement by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victims Authority on their Facebook page yesterday, villagers of Svay Loeu commune’s Ta Siem village found the 12 mortar heads near a dead tree while they were ploughing their farmland.

The villagers immediately contacted the local authorities to have the items removed and destroyed.

CMAA said: “With the help of the CSHD, officers have safely removed the items without posing any danger to the people.”

CMAA also urged all citizens who find mines, war remnants and UXOs to avoid touching, grinding, throwing or trying to process the weapons in any way, as they could explode and result to injury or death.

According to the CMAA’s 2020 report, the province with the highest number of UXOs and mine-related accidents was Battambang, with 14 casualties, followed by Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Thom, Pursat, Kratie, Preah Vihear, Tboung Khmum, Mondulkiri, Stung Treng and Oddar Meanchey provinces.

The report also stated that between January and June, nine people were killed and 27 others injured due to landmines and UXOs. The figure has declined by 42 percent compared with the same period last year.

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