Australian killed, another injured in Cambodia explosion

AN Australian man has been killed and another has been injured in an explosion during a joint military training exercise in Cambodia.

It is understood to have happened during a mine clearance exercise at a shooting range near a military base close to the capital of Phnom Penh, in Kampong Speu province, on Thursday.

According to the ABC, a Cambodian soldier mishandled a decades-old land mine, causing it to explode.


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A 45-year-old Australian trainer and the Cambodian soldier were both killed in the blast, while three other men were wounded, including a second Australian, thought to be aged in his late 30s or early 40s.

The wounded Australian man’s injuries are not considered serious. He is being treated at a hospital in Phnom Penh and is reportedly able to walk.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to both men’s families.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man killed in Kampong Speu Province and to an Australian man injured in the same province,” a department spokesperson said.

“Due to privacy obligations we are unable to provide further information.”

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