The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) and Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities on Wednesday recovered 30 landmines and unexploded ordnance from a 48-year-old man who was using them to decorate his home in Obeichoan commune, Oklov district.
CMAC Secretary-General Heng Ratana posted on Facebook on Thursday that the man had collected anti-personnel mines and explosive debris from the war and hung them as decorations on his tamarind tree. He said there were 30 landmines that remained active and could explode.
“That is the most dangerous thought that cannot be expressed in words. [The man] He may have been employed as a deminer. Residents must face laws prohibiting the use and storage of landmines and explosive weapons. “Given how prone landmines are to exploding, it was extremely fortunate that the mine did not explode and that children were not playing with it,” he wrote.
Ratana called on all citizens to be wary of landmines. If you find someone using or storing a landmine, you must report it to the police or CMAC immediately.
Tor Salin, the mayor of Obeichoan district, told the Post on Thursday that Ka Soknis, a man with his wife and four children, collected the items from various locations. He said Soknis had mental problems.
He said Soknis was a scrap collector who would find mines along the road while walking in search of scrap metal, or buy mines from villagers.
He added that authorities and CMAC offered the family 30,000 riel ($7.50) in exchange for the mines, which they purchased for 1,000 riel each.
“Of course, he has mental problems, so it’s hard to blame him. He didn’t realize the danger,” Sarin said. We also educated and guided his family not to store landmines. ”
The mines included a K-58 bomb, 69 B-40 bombs and other anti-personnel mines, Oklov District Deputy Police Chief Seth Vibor told the Post on Thursday.