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Mortar shells found

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Police in Battambang province’s Bavel district found 44 Russian-made mortar shells on Saturday, likely buried during the civil war.

Boun Kosal, Boeung Pram commune police chief, said villagers reported the explosives to local police after finding them while working in a rice field.

“When villagers destroyed a small hill made by termites, they found the explosives,” he said. “We found 44 bombs, all 82mm calibre. They were a little rusty, but about 80 percent of them were still active.”

Lim Chhay Phirum, district deputy police chief in charge of unexploded ordnance management, said the shells were handed to the Cambodian Mine Action Centre to be destroyed.

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