Four US demining experts hurt in Cambodian blast
01/15/2013 13:14 GMT
PHNOM PENH, Jan 15, 2013 (AFP) - Four American demining experts were injured in a blast at a Cambodian training centre during a mine clearance exercise, officials and the US embassy said on Tuesday.
Two of the men were seriously injured in the explosion at the Cambodian Mine Action Centre facility in the central province of Kampong Chhnang, the centre's director Heng Ratana told AFP.
They were airlifted to hospital in the capital Phnom Penh, he said, adding the cause of the blast was not immediately clear.
US embassy spokesman John Simmons confirmed the incident.
"Four US personnel were injured today in Kampong Chhnang during a mine clearance training exercise," he said.
Nearly three decades of civil war left impoverished Cambodia one of the world's most heavily-mined countries.
In 2011 leftover landmines and other unexploded ordnance killed 43 people and caused 168 injuries including 33 amputations, according to official data.
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