Hun­dreds of UXO dis­cov­ered in Pur­sat

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Kim Sarom

OVER 500 pieces of un­ex­ploded ord­nance (UXO), in­clud­ing bul­lets and a 100mm mor­tar shells, have been found and col­lected in Pur­sat prov­ince’s Bakan dis­trict.

Vil­lagers dis­cov­ered the UXO and re­ported the find to the au­thor­i­ties. Halo Trust, an NGO which re­moves de­bris left be­hind by war, col­lected the UXO in three vil­lages in Talou com­mune, Bakan dis­trict, said Prom Sora, the deputy dis­trict po­lice chief.

“Vil­lagers handed over 514 [AK-47 bul­lets] pieces and our au­thor­i­ties col­lected five pieces of UXO, so in to­tal there are 519 am­mu­ni­tions,” he said.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the Halo Trust de­stroyed the UXO on Wednesday, Sora said.

In 2015, vil­lagers in Talou also dis­cov­ered 104 boxes of bul­lets when they were farm­ing.

Pring Pan­harith, an of­fi­cer with the Cam­bo­dia Mine Ac­tion Cen­tre’s pro­vin­cial bureau, said there are var­i­ous pieces of UXO in Pur­sat, most of it in Veal Veng and Ph­nom Kra­vanh dis­tricts.

“UXO is a legacy of war. Ph­nom Kra­vanh dis­trict has the high­est record of vic­tims from the rem­nants in Pur­sat,” Pan­harith said.

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