Defense Ministry Denies Blast Terror Claims

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PHNOM PENH – The Defense Ministry has condemned allegations that an armed movement was linked to the explosion that killed 20 soldiers in Kampong Speu, blaming heat and mismanagement of old ammunition. 



“The Ministry of National Defense requests the public, national and international press to stop spreading the false information without proper evidence, intending to cause incitement and impact on security,” the ministry said on May 1. 



Exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy said on April 28 that the incident was an “armed movement made up of dissidents of the ruling CPP opposing Hun Sen.”



He wrote on his Facebook that the armed forces had begun to erupt to demand the removal of the Hun clan.



He added that Senator and former prime minister Hun Sen relied on China for security protection.



The ministry said that an extremist opposition spread exaggerated news, which aimed to confuse Cambodians living outside the country.



The incident was caused by technical errors and was not an armed movement and terrorism.



The blast alarmed residents at military region 3 in Kampong Speu province on the afternoon of April 27.



Fifteen soldiers from Koh Kong province and five from the Regional Military Command died, according to an initial report of Lieutenant General Yoeung Sokhon.



One vehicle with the weapons on board exploded, while another was severely damaged. They were among five vehicles carrying weapons and ammunition from  Koh Kong province.



Four buildings were destroyed, including three munitions depots and one apartment building. The office buildings suffered external damage, including windows and roofs. The explosion also damaged 25 homes nearby.



Prime Minister Hun Manet will provide $20,000 to each family of the deceased and $5,000 to those injured.


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