Bomb explodes in Vietnam gold shop, no one hurt

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A bomb exploded in a locked gold shop early Wednesday morning in the central Vietnamese resort city of Nha Trang, but no casualties were reported.

Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Hong Ky, deputy chief of the city police, as saying someone had possibly planted the bomb in Anh The jewelry shop.

Phung Thi Canh, the owner, said her family members was sleeping in their house above when they heard the explosion from the ground floor where more than 200 taels of gold were kept.

But the gold was safe, she said.

The explosion was followed by thick black smoke and the smell of gunpowder, and there was a hole in the front door, she said, adding the building is equipped with a security system.

In 2010 the shop was robbed, with thieves taking away more than 300 taels of gold worth an estimated VND5 billion (US$240,000).

It is not known who planted the bomb or why, and the police are investigating.

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