Anti-tank mine explodes, kills 6 Cambodian farmers

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.

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.

Associated Press
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