Anti-tank mine explodes, kills 6 Cambodian farmers

AP News
Posted: Oct 01, 2012 3:12 AM
Anti-tank mine explodes, kills 6 Cambodian farmers

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Six farmers were killed when their tractor ran over an anti-tank mine left over from Cambodia's 1980s civil war.

District police chief Khum Soy said Monday one of those killed was a 12-year-old child. Two other people were seriously wounded by the blast in northwestern Battambang province.

He said the group was driving home from a market where they had traveled to sell mushrooms and firewood.

The area around Battambang province was a site of intense battles between the former Khmer Rouge regime and government forces.

An estimated 4 million to 6 million land mines and other unexploded ordnance still remain in Cambodia from more than three decades of armed conflict.