3 Dead After Truck Hits Mine

Three RCAF engineers died and four were seriously injured when a truck struck an anti-tank mine buried on a road in Battam­bang province, a military spokes­man said Wednesday. 

The truck was traveling through Svay Pao district Satur­day with about eight people on board, said Ek Som On, chief of staff for Battam­bang-based Military Region 5. The construction engineers were on their way to help with a road-building project when an anti-tank mine exploded under the vehicle, he said.

Ek Som On said RCAF division 21 engineers were building a 50-km road between Svay Pao and Bavel districts through a former battlefield laced with mines. He estimated the anti-tank mine weighed about one ton.

The truck was completely damaged in the explosion.


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