Six Cambodian farmers killed by anti-tank mine from 1980s: police
October 2, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Six Cambodian farmers 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 Monday.
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 impoverished 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.