340-kilogram war bomb defused in central Vietnam

By Lam Vien, Thanh Nien News

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A military officer checks a huge bomb found at a national park in Lam Dong Province. Photo: Lam Vien A military officer checks a huge bomb found at a national park in Lam Dong Province. Photo: Lam Vien

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Military officers in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Thursday defused a huge war bomb of around 340 kilograms (nearly 750 pounds) found at a national park.
A representative of Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park said a patrol team found the bomb on the ground, 40 kilometers from a commune headquarter.
The bomb is nearly one meter long, the source said.
It was defused on the spot.
Unexploded ordnance left from the Vietnam War have killed 40,000 people nationwide and injured 60,000 others as of 2011, according to official statistics.
Many of the victims were children below 16.

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