PHNOM PENH: Six Cambodian farmers were killed when their truck hit an old anti-tank mine planted by Khmer Rouge guerrillas during the country’s civil war, police said on Thursday.
The men were driving through a flooded field in northern Preah Vihear province on Wednesday evening when the explosion occurred, provincial police chief Sy Kiri told Agence France-Presse by telephone. A seventh man was seriously injured.
“The anti-tank mine was left over from the civil war and it was planted by the Khmer Rouge soldiers to defend their area from the government forces,” Sy Kiri said, adding the area was a major battle field in the 1980s and has not yet been demined.
The farmers had been driving through the flooded area on the way to inspect their paddy fields, which have been left inundated by recent heavy rains.