Man Injured by Landmine While Illegally Logging

A man was seriously injured on Saturday by an anti-personnel landmine that exploded under him as he tried to sneak across the Thai-Cambodian border to illegally log rosewood, local officials said.

Meas Hoch, 38, was crossing the border from O’Smach commune in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samrong district with two other men when the mine exploded, according to commune chief Phang Sam Ath.

“The victim was seriously injured on his right leg, which will have to be amputated,” he said. “He was sent to the Oddar Meanchey provincial hospital [on Saturday] around noon.”

Mr. Sam Ath said the border area where the men had been logging is known to be heavily mined and is marked with warning signs and blocked off by razor wire, but that the men had apparently disregarded these warnings for a chance to obtain the highly coveted luxury wood.

Thirty-eight Cambodians were injured or killed by Thai soldiers while sneaking across the border to log rosewood last year, according to rights group Adhoc.

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