In this photo taken on Oct. 19, 2011 released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Ieng Thirith, foreground, the Khmer Rouge's former minister of social affairs, smiles during a hearing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.(AP Photo/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Mark Peters)
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.
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