US-made war era bombs unearthed in central Vietnam

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A Vietnamese soldier digs out US bombs buried two meters underground in Quang Tri Province

Soldiers in the central province of Quang Tri on Tuesday deactivated two bombs weighing nearly 400 kilograms planted by the US military during the Vietnam War, after a local scrap collector found them earlier.

The bombs were found lying next to each other two meters beneath the ground with their detonators undamaged, news website VnExpress reported.

Nguyen Van Cuong, member of a local bomb search team, said the explosives had been produced by the US and that several similar ones have been found in the province.

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Around 6.6 million hectares of land, or more than a fifth of Vietnam's total area, are believed to still have unexploded ordnance left behind from the war, according to official figures.

Only 300,000 hectares (740,000 acres) have been cleared and experts estimate it will take hundreds of years and billions of dollars to complete the clearance.

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