War-era bomb kills 2 Vietnamese brothers

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Two brothers died in Laos as they attempted to defuse a bomb left over from the Vietnam War Sunday, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.


Ho Li Va, 20, and his brother Ho Van Na, 17, of Huong Hoa District in central Vietnam's Quang Tri Province, along with two unidentified Laotian men, reportedly went to forest area on the Laos border to dig for scrap metal to sell.


Va and Na died on the spot. The two Laotians were seriously injured.


According to Vietnamese authorities, the incident took place in a rural village in the Sepone administrative district of Laos' Savannakhet Province.


The family of the deceased brought their bodies back to Vietnam.


Unexploded bombs have been killing an average of four people and injuring six others per day since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.


More than 40,000 people have died so far.

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