A man is taken to hospital after an explosion at a military base in Cambodia. Picture: Twitter
A man is taken to hospital after an explosion at a military base in Cambodia. Picture: Twitter

Aussie killed in Cambodia blast

AN Australian and a Cambodian have been killed in an explosion which also injured another Australian during a military training exercise in Cambodia.

The Australians are understood to be military trainers and two others wounded on Thursday in Kampong Speu province, 50km west of the capital, were Cambodian soldiers, The Phnom Penn Post reports.

It reported the blast happened at a shooting range within the base of an armoured vehicle unit in Phnom Sruoch district.

"We don't know what happened yet, all we know is that there was an explosion," said provincial police chief Sam Samoun, adding that the two Australians were in their 40s and that Cambodian soldiers made up the rest of the victims.

Two men were killed in the blast and two others injured. Picture: Twitter
Two men were killed in the blast and two others injured. Picture: Twitter

Kampong Speu Provincial Governor Vy Samnang said it was believed the casualties were shooting at targets about 2pm (6pm AEDT) on Thursday when they noticed something on the ground.

"He said they went to pick up the object, a Russian-made bomb, which then exploded," The Phnom Penn Post reported.

Samnang said the two Australians were bomb experts while the ABC has reported they are military trainers.

Kampong Speu Provincial Hospital health department director O Vann Then said the three wounded people had received "light injuries" to their hands.

The Australian Embassy in Cambodia. Picture: Google Maps
The Australian Embassy in Cambodia. Picture: Google Maps

"The body of the Cambodian soldier has already been taken out by family, while the Australian body is still at the hospital waiting to be taken by the Australian Embassy," Mr Vann Then said.

Comment has been sought from the Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The army is also investigating the blast, said defence ministry spokesman Chhum Sucheat.


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