Cambodia says scorching heat played a role in ammunition explosion at army base that killed 20 soldiers

The defence ministry said investigators believed the heatwave was a factor behind the old weapons detonating in Kampong Speu province last week.

Cambodia’s defence ministry said on Thursday a blistering heatwave roiling Southeast Asia played a role in an ammunition explosion that killed 20 soldiers at an army base over the weekend.


The blast – which destroyed an entire truck of munitions and levelled buildings – also wounded several soldiers and at least one child in rural Kampong Speu province on Saturday.

The defence ministry said on Thursday that investigators believed the heatwave played a role in the old weapons detonating.

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