Kambodscha: Landmine tötet sechs Bauern

Sechs kambodschanische Bauern sind durch eine Antifahrzeugmine getötet worden. Die Bauern waren in einem Lastwagen unterwegs. (in Englisch)

Minenwarnschild in Kambodscha. (c) Handicap International


Landmine kills 6 Cambodian farmers

Six Cambodian farmers have died after their truck hit an old anti-tank mine believed to have been planted during fighting between the army and Khmer Rouge guerrillas in the 1980s, police said.

Two others were seriously injured in the blast in northwest Battambang province on Sunday evening, according to local police chief Khum Soy, who said the victims were aged from 17 to 56.

"They were on their way home from the market when they ran over the anti-tank mine," he said.

Nearly three decades of civil war have left Cambodia one of the world's most heavily mined countries.

In 2011, leftover landmines and other unexploded ordnance killed 43 people and caused 168 injuries including 33 amputations, according to official statistics.

The Khmer Rouge, which oversaw the deaths of up to two million people through starvation, overwork, torture or execution, were driven from power in 1979.

They fought government forces until the communist movement collapsed in the late 1990s.

Source: ABC News

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