A farmer was making his way home after a few drinks and strayed into a field of landmines, triggering an explosion that seriously injured his left arm and leg.
Landmines and unexploded ordinances remain an issue in several countries in Southeast Asia. It is estimated that there are between ‘four to six million mines and other pieces of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia.’ Travellers should remain conscious of the potential threat and keep an eye out for warning signs.
From the Khmer Times –
Man Maimed by Anti-Personnel Mine
After a night of drunken revelry, 46-year-old farmer Norng Phearum was stumbling home through fields in Pailin province in the early hours of yesterday morning when he stood on and detonated an anti-personnel mine, police said yesterday.
He survived the blast, but his left arm and leg were seriously injured and had to be later amputated in hospital, provincial police officer Lieutenant Vorn Veasna told Khmer Times.
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