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Two unexploded US bombs found, removed in Quang Tri

Update: September, 24/2013 - 08:28
A bomb in Huong Hoa District in central Quang Tri Province was detonated and removed by two Ex-ploded Ordnance Disposal teams. Experts have so far discovered more than 20 bombs in this area. — VNS Photo Hoai Nam

QUANG TRI (VNS)— Two Exploded Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams from Peace Trees Viet Nam have detonated and removed two bombs in Huong Hoa district in central Quang Tri Province yesterday.

The teams' head Nguyen Van Cuong told Viet Nam News that the bombs were discovered in Thanh commune on the bank of the Se Pon river, near the border with Laos.

The two bombs, weighing around 227kg each and 1.5m long with a diameter of 0.8m, were unearthed following torrential rains in the province last week. The bombs are believed to have been dropped by the US air force in 1968.

Experts have so far discovered more than 20 bombs in this area. The EOD teams have found and removed seven bombs of this kind since 2009 following a historic flood that hit the province.

An estimated 15 million tonnes of bombs, mines and explosives were used during the American War in Viet Nam.

At the current pace of detecting and defusing unexploded ordinance, it would take Viet Nam about 300 years to completely clear the threats currently posed by the aftermath of the war, according to experts . — VNS

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