Cambodian mine blast kills 10

At least 10 Cambodian villagers have been killed after their truck hit an anti-tank mine left over from the country's civil war, police say.

    The incident happened in a northern province

    The truck hit the mine on Friday in the northern province of Oddar Meanchey - a former stronghold of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge.

    Theak Thea, a provincial police official, said: "A lot of mines were planted in those former battlefields and no one knows where they are until they explode."

    Last November, an anti-tank mine killed 14 villagers travelling in the same area not far from the mountain redoubt of Anglong Veng where Pol Pot died in December 1998.

    Cambodia's northern border regions are littered with millions of landmines, the legacy of nearly 30 years of fighting, which only ended with the final surrender of the remnants of Pol Pot's forces in 1998.

    Mine-clearing teams have destroyed an estimated 1.6 million landmines in the last decade, but millions more remain and are responsible for hundreds of deaths and injuries every year.

    Of more than 4,000 mine-related casualties reported between 2000 and 2004, more than 1,000 were children.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.