4 US deminers hurt at Cambodian training center

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Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:07 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Four American demining experts have been wounded by an accidental explosion at Cambodia's main training center for the removal of unexploded ordnance.

Heng Ratana, the director general of Cambodian Mine Action Center, said the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the central province of Kampong Chhnang. He said the four victims, two of them critically injured, were evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in the capital, Phnom Penh. Their names have not been released.

Meas Chamrouen, a deminer at the center, said it was machine gun ammunition that exploded, though the cause was unknown.

An estimated 4 to 6 million land mines and other munitions left over from three decades of armed conflict kill or maim scores of Cambodians each year, though combat ended in the late 1990s.