Rocket launcher explosion kills four Cambodians

09:53, August 31, 2010      

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At least four Cambodians were killed and three others injured in a rocket launcher explosion in Cambodia's northwestern province of Pursat, police said Monday.

Ros Bunnan, deputy police commissioner of Pursat province, said the incident happened at 4 pm on Sunday in Roveang Village, Phnom Kravanh District, some 230 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh.

He said a man in the village was using the recently found head of a leftover B-40 rocket launcher pretending it as a microphone to sing, then it fell down to the ground and exploded.

He said four men standing and sitting nearby were killed and other three women were injured.

Many explosive remnants of war are left in the country, especially the northwestern parts of Cambodia after several decades of civil war.

In a report released Monday by Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority it said from January to July 2010, there were 184 mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties.

The report also showed that since 1979, there has been 63,704 casualties related to mine and ERW.

Source: Xinhua


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