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Saturday, 4 September 2010

Cambodian army has live firing exercise

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Cambodian army is to shortly begin a live-fire exercise in Phnom Srouch district of Kampong Speu province.

Concerned about the possibility of inadvertent civilian casualties, the commander in chief of the Cambodian armed forces, Tea Banh, appealed to the provincial governor and local authorities in Phnom Srouch district to disseminate information among the people living near the area of the training exercise, Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper reported Friday.

Cambodian deputy commander in chief and the Supreme Command's training department commander also appealed to local authorities to inform the citizenry during a recent inspection of the exercise's location.

The Cambodian armed forces are becoming increasingly armed with more sophisticated weaponry. At another live-fire exercise last January, troops deployed BM-21 multiple rocket launchers along with T55 and T54 tanks.

For most Cambodians of more immediate concern are the more than 2 million land mines estimated to be still littering the countryside after nearly three decades of strife.

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