Two brothers aged 5 and 9 died when a Vietnam War-era cluster bomblet exploded in their backyard in the central province of Quang Binh on Thursday.
Locals said Pham Sy Hung and his younger brother Pham Huu Cuong might have found the sub-munition when they tended their cows in the fields, and brought it back home.
The brothers were apparently trying to open it with pincers when it exploded.
Vietnam’s central region received heaving US bombings in the 1960s and early 1970s during the Vietnam War.
Unexploded ordnaces remains across the country killed 40,000 people and injured 60,000 between 1975 and 2011, nearly half of them children below 16.
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