Anti personnel mines removed from border road

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) police removed a dozen of booby traps from the side of the Trat-Klong Yai road in Trat province after road construction workers spotted suspicious objects by the roadside yesterday.

EOD police arrived at Kilometre marker 46 on the road after workers said they spotted these objects on the ground and in the soils.

They feared these objects might be explosives and could be harmful to life.

Detection by EOD showed they are old anti personnel mines or booby traps that were left since the Ban Samrak military offensive at the Thai-Cambodian border 30 years ago.

Thirteen traps were removed from the area along with a rocket warhead.

EOD police said they believed there might be more anti personnel mines in and adjacent area.

A construction firm is expanding the border road and more might be surfaced, they said.

EOD police said they would bring all the removed mines for demolition and would scan the area to ensure safety.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)