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FOURTEEN people, including a one-year-old girl, have been killed when their vehicle hit an old anti-tank mine in northwestern Cambodia.
The child and 11 other passengers were killed instantly in Tuesday's blast in the province of Battambang, said Buth Sambo, police chief of Banan district. One person died on the way to the hospital and another this morning, he said.
"It is a tragedy that 14 people from five families were all killed," he told AFP. The group was returning from a day's work at a chilli farm when the driver decided to take a short cut through a field and set off the anti-tank mine.
Landmines and other unexploded ordnance left over from decades of civil war in Cambodia are still killing people occasionally. From January to October of this year, 53 people died because of mines or other ordnance, according to CMVIS, the government's data collection body.
The total number of casualties from unexploded ordnance recorded between 1979 and October 2010 stands at 63,754, said CMVIS.