Police in Lam Dong Province are investigating a blast reportedly caused by an explosive-laden flashlight that severely damaged the hand of a woman in Lam Dong's Di Linh District, Tuoi Tre reported Tuesday.
The object has been sent to Institute of Forensic Science for examination of the explosives, police said Monday.
Family of Phan Thi Nghia, 44, said she found a new flashlight in front of her neighbor's house on April 4 and picked it up. Nghia pressed the switch with her right hand to check if it could be used when it suddenly exploded.
Nghia was rushed to the hospital while losing massive amounts of blood.
Dr. Ho Xuan Hoa of Lam Dong General Hospital 2, told Tuoi Tre that Nghia is now in better health but doctors failed to reattach her four fingers and part of her severed palm to her arm.
Chu Thi Le, the owner of the adjacent house where Nghia found the flashlight, said her husband saw it three days earlier but left it untouched.
Explosives were planted in her garden and insecticide poured into her house's water container last year, Le said, without confirming if she suspected anyone of trying to hurt her or her family.
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