The soldiers were killed in an explosion

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An ammunition explosion at a base in southwestern Cambodia on Saturday afternoon killed 20 soldiers and wounded several others, Prime Minister Hun Manet said.
Hun Manet said in a Facebook post that he was “deeply shocked” when he received the news of the blast at the base in Kampong Speu province.
Images from the scene showed several badly damaged buildings still smoldering, at least one with its roof blown off, and soldiers receiving treatment in a hospital.
While high temperatures normally can’t detonate ammunition, they can degrade the stability of explosives over a period of time, with the risk that a single small explosion can set off a fire and a chain reaction.
Kiripost, an online English language news service, quoted a nearby resident as saying a major explosion occurred at about 2:30 p.m., followed by smaller blasts for another hour.
Pheng Kimneang was quoted as saying the windows of a factory nearby were shattered, and homes as far as a kilometer (a half-mile) away suffered minor damage.
Photos of the base show it in a large field, apparently with no civilian structures close by.
Hun Manet offered condolences to the soldiers’ families and promised the government would pay for their funerals and provide compensation both to those killed and those wounded.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — According to Prime Minister Hun Manet, two dozen soldiers were killed and numerous others were injured in an ammunition explosion that occurred at a base in southwest Cambodia on Saturday afternoon.

Hun Manet said in a Facebook post that he was “deeply shocked” when he received the news of the blast at the base in Kampong Speu province. What caused it wasn’t immediately evident.

Photos from the scene showed soldiers receiving medical attention in a hospital alongside a number of severely damaged buildings that were still smoldering, at least one of which had had its roof blown off. There were other pictures that showed homes with roof holes.

Several military vehicles were damaged, and four buildings—three for storage and one for work—were destroyed, Col. Army officer at the location Youeng Sokhon reported in a brief statement to army chief Gen. Posting on social media, Mao Sophan. He also mentioned that the homes of twenty-five villagers had been damaged.

Like many other nations in the area, Cambodia has been experiencing a protracted heat wave; on Saturday, the province where the explosion occurred recorded a high of 39 C (102 F). While high temperatures typically cannot cause ammunition to detonate, they can weaken explosives over time, increasing the possibility that a single tiny explosion could start a fire and cause a chain reaction.

According to a local resident, there was a significant explosion at approximately 2:30 p.m., according to Kiripost, an online English language news source. me. , then for an additional hour, smaller blasts.

A kilometer (a half-mile) away from the homes sustained minor damage, and windows of a nearby factory were shattered, according to a quote from Pheng Kimneang. Pictures of the base depict it in a sizable field with what appears to be no nearby civilian buildings.

Hun Manet expressed sympathy to the soldiers’ families and assured them that the government would cover the cost of their funerals as well as provide compensation to both the wounded and the dead.

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