Ammunition Cache Found

Banteay Meanchey provincial po­lice uncovered 15 usable artil­lery shells buried together in a bar­­­­­­rel near the Thai border for as long as 10 years, officials said Thurs­­day.

The Chinese-made 105-millimeter shells, found near Banteay Ch­­mar commune, Thma Puok district, are “very dangerous” be­cause they can be fired without the aid of a gun, said Sok Saret, provincial chief of police. All some­one needs are two crossed sticks for support and an electrical charge from a battery to fire a round, which has a range of up to 8 km, he said.

Provincial governor Thack Khorn said the shells were taken to an ammunition warehouse. The area was controlled by Funcin­pec forces allied with the Khmer Rouge against the Viet­namese government in the 1980s.

In an unrelated case, Thai forces had lobbed artillery shells into the district recently in an attempt to stop smugglers.


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