A anti-tank mine leftover from Cambodia’s civil war exploded on Monday killing three members of a local demining team as they carried out their work, their organization announced.
The group Cambodia Self Help Demining said in a Facebook post that the team of experts had been responding to an alert in the northern province of Preah Vihear. The area saw combat between government forces and guerrillas of the communist Khmer Rouge in the 1990s.
Almost three decades of civil war that ended in 1998 left Cambodia littered with land mines and other unexploded ordnance. An estimated 4 million to 6 million uncleared land mines and other pieces of unexploded ordnance remain in the country and continue to kill villagers who come upon them.