Bombs explode at Vietnam man's house, shop

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Bombs exploded in a man's house in Nghe An Province in north central Vietnam as well as his makeshift grocery shop, destroying it, early Wednesday.

One bomb exploded in the kitchen of Tran Van Tao's house at 2 a.m. and the other a few minutes later, Nguyen Van Hai, police chief of Dong Van Commune, Tan Ky District, said.

They caused a large crack in the kitchen wall and brought down the thatched shop, which was 300 meters from the house.

Everything inside the shop was also destroyed and a motorbike was tossed clean out of it.

No casualties have been reported.

Colonel Tran Xuan Hoa, a local police officer, said "Preliminary investigations show that some people set off the bombs to threaten Tao's family.

"The explosions are estimated to have caused damages worth nearly VND100 million (US$5,000)."

Tao's house was bombed once earlier in 2001, he added.

The police are investigating.

The same day a smaller explosion was reported at the house of Vuong Dinh Phuong of the same commune.

But Hai said it could have been just a firecracker.

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