Mine clearance death probed

Authorities have launched an investigation into how one deminer was killed and another was seriously injured during an operation in Pailin province. Provincial police chief Brigadier General Chea Chandin said the explosion happened in a forested area at about 7am on Friday. Halo Trust deminer Loeung Reaksmey, 55, was killed immediately. His injured colleague was Nguy Thany, 28, from Bar Yakha commune’s Ba Huy Choeung village near the Thai border. She was said yesterday to be in stable condition in a hospital in Battambang province. Cambodian Mine Action Authority first vice-president Serei Kosal said on January 15 that a joint investigative group consisting of CMAA officials and Halo Trust mine experts went to the scene.

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