Unexploded warhead found in central Vietnam

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Soldiers unearth a war-era missile warhead in the central province of Nghe An Wednesday

A missile warhead of Nghe An Wednesday, and removed safely, Dan Tri reported.

Teams from a Defense Ministry-owned company discovered the warhead in Hung Hoa Commune, Vinh city, while looking for unexploded ordnance (UXOs), the news website quoted Lieutenant Tran Dinh Tai of the company's mines and bombs disposal center as saying.

The two-meter-long warhead was found nearly two meters under the ground, he said.

They managed to move it to a safe area for defusing, according to Tai.

It was probably launched from a US aircraft during the Vietnam War, but did not explode and ended up buried, he said.

The area where it was found was very heavily bombed by the US between 1968 and 1972, the official said.

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Around 6.6 million hectares of land, or more than a fifth of the country's area, are feared to have UXOs left behind from the Vietnam War, according to official figures.

So far 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) have been cleared.

Experts estimate it will take hundreds of years and billions of dollars to clear Vietnam of leftover bombs, shells, and mines.

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