Vietnam War bomb explodes, kills 2

By Pham Anh, Thanh Nien News

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Police in Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands are examining some body parts found in a jungle, thought to be that of two men killed in a war-era bomb explosion.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the victims were two local men who were trying to cut the bomb for the explosive when it went off.
A local man, 54-year-old Bui Van Phuon, said he found the bomb and took the two men, 50-year-old Huynh Tan Phuoc and 52-year-old Nguyen De, there on June 12, but did not join them in cutting it.
The body parts were found decomposing eight days later.
Unexploded ordnance left from the Vietnam War threatens a fifth of the country’s land mass, and officials say explosions occur every day, many in central Vietnam.
Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh said last October that the blasts kill more than 1,500 people every year and maim and injure 2,200 more.
While some are accidental, many occur because poor people try to salvage scrap metal and explosive from the bombs.

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