Creepy clown BLOWN UP after being chased into jungle filled with landmines
A creepy 'killer clown' has died after being chased by furious locals before reportedly stepping on a landmine.
The unfortunate man trod on the deadly trap after scaring residents in Samraong in northwestern Cambodia.
Locals then chased the clown, which they thought was an 'evil spirit', into a nearby jungle and later heard a blast and realised the prankster had stepped on a mine.
Police were called but the man could not be identified as a result of his injuries.
He is believed to be a 25-year-old student who had returned from the US to visit relatives in the south-east Asian country.
As reported by the Times of Cambodia, a police captain said: "A group of men came out of their houses and gave chase to the man wearing the mask.
"They didn't want to hurt him, but they wanted to find out who it was and make him apologise to the people he'd scared."
But according to the police, they stopped chasing him when they got to the nearby jungle and shouted warnings about the dangers in the area.
And the captain added: "But he just kept running, and moments later their worst fears were realised when an explosion rang out."
Landmines are a huge problem in Cambodia as a result of three decades of war. The country has 40,000 amputees as a result - one of the highest rates in the world.
The killer clown craze was started in the US by pranksters and quickly spread across the world.
In the UK, hundreds of terrified children flooded Childline with calls about the killer clown craze sweeping the country.
Figures show that in just one week the charity was contacted 120 times by kids alarmed by strangers in scary clown costumes.
A quarter of calls came from under 11s and over a third from 12 to 15-year-olds.
Worst-hit are Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham.
But there were reports from all over the UK of clowns armed with knives or baseball bats lurking in bushes, chasing children and targeting schools.
Kent Police reported 59 clown-related incidents between October 7 and 10.
Thames Valley Police had 14 in 24 hours over the same weekend and South Yorkshire Police received 61 reports in 20 days, including two of clowns with knives.
Last week, armed officers arrested a suspect wearing a clown mask and carrying a fake gun in Hillingdon, West London, about five miles from Heathrow.