A mortar shell exploded at a ammunition depot in central Vietnam Monday, killing a soldier and injuring ten others who were attempting to defuse it.
The accident happened at around 8.30 am in Da Nang City, which is part of Vietnam's Military Zone 5. The military said it is investigating the exact cause of the explosion.
Nguyen Van Trach was killed in the explosion. The injured soldiers were rushed to the local Military Hospital C17.
According to doctors, all of the victims suffered from multiple shrapnel wounds on their heads and bodies.
According to an Associated Press report, the Vietnamese military took over the ammunition depot from the South Vietnamese army after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Accidental explosions of ordnance left from the Vietnam War still maim and kills dozens each year across Vietnam.