Anti-tank mine explodes, killing 6 in Cambodia

Six farmers were killed on the spot and another one seriously injured after a home-made tractor ran onto an old anti-tank mine in northwestern Preah Vihear province, police chief confirmed Thursday.

The accident occurred in a forest in Chom-ksan district when the tractor hit the mine on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. local time, Sy Kiri, police chief of Preah Vihear province, said. “All the victims are men. they returned from their rice fields by a tractor together. Unfortunately, the tractor moved onto the old mine and triggered the explosion,” he told Xinhua over telephone. “The injured man is still in critical condition–less hope to survive.”

He said the area is a former battlefield and landmines have not been cleared from the forest yet. …