Hundreds of bombs unearthed

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The Cambodian Mine Action Centre found more than 630 bombs in Kampong Cham and Takeo. Supplied

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre found more than 130 cluster bombs in Kampong Cham province yesterday, while collecting 500 unexploded ordnances in Takeo province.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said experts discovered 132 BLU24/B cluster bombs in Chamkar Leu district’s Ta Ong commune in Kampong Cham.

“We called on the people in this area to be more vigilant because there may be more of these cluster bombs nearby,” he said.

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Mr Ratana said the cluster bombs were neutralised by CMAC officers.

Meanwhile, more than 500 UXOs found by villagers in Takeo were collected by CMAC officials yesterday in Kiri Vong district.

CMAC district head Lux Chhorn said that authorities collected the UXOs in Prey Ampork and Sorm communes.

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The UXOs included a bomb, three grenades and 536 machine gun bullets.

“The UXOs were found by the people in their rice fields as they ploughed for farming,” said Mr Chhorn. “No one was injured by them.”

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CMAC has cleared more than 5,279 hectares of land and found and destroyed more than 23,000 landmines and UXOs in the past six months, to the benefit of 11,000 families.

According to a report from the Cambodian Mine Action Authority, casualties from landmines and UXOs decreased 37 percent in the first six months of this year in comparison with the same period in 2016.

The CMAA said there were 32 casualties from January to June this year, compared with 51 in the same period last year.

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