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11 Cambodian pupils injured in warhead explosion

PHNOM PENH, March 1 (Xinhua) — A warhead of a 60-mm shell exploded on Thursday morning, injuring 11 pupils in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province, some 500 km northwest of Phnom Penh, police chief said.

The incident occurred at 07:40 a.m. local time at Koh Ke Primary School in Preah Vihear’s Kulen district when a group of pupils had picked up an unexploded 60-mm shell from the rice field nearby the school and brought it to play in the classroom, said Mao Pov, police chief of Preah Vihear province.

“In the class, they played with it by throwing the shell from one to another and the shell erupted when it hit the table as a pupil failed to receive it,” he told Xinhua.

He said that the 11 pupils, including six females, were injured in the accident. Of them, 3 are in serious condition. Cambodia is one of the world’s worst countries suffered from mines as the results of nearly three decades of war and internal conflicts from the mid 1960s until the end of 1998.

The country’s five most mine-laid provinces are Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Pailin and Preah Vihear.

According to the record, since 1979 to the end of 2011, there had been a total of 64,017 landmine casualties. Of the total casualties, 19,619 people were killed, 35,522 were injured and 8, 876 were amputated.

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Written by Kham

02/03/2012 at 5:17 pm

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