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860kg artillery being defused

Update: November, 05/2015 - 19:04
The 860kg shell is going to be defused in one day by a MAG team.— Photo

QUANG TRI (VNS) — The military command of this central province, in co-operation with the Mine Advisory Group (MAG), defused a large artillery shell in Gio Linh District of Quang Tri Province.

The shell, which was found on Monday buried 3m underground by a farmer while digging a hole in his garden for planting cassava, weighed 860kg and was 1.3m long with a diameter of 40cm.

The live shell, suspected to be a 16in HC-MK13, was shot from a United States warship during the war in Viet Nam.

The Tuoi Tre (Youth) quoted a local provincial military official as saying that it could cause casualties in localities within a radius of radius.

He said the MAG team, which comprised a team of mobile bomb and landmine clearance personnel, had planned to excavate and de-activate the shell on Wednesday, but heavy rain made the area very muddy and hindered the work. All locals had been evacuated from the area before the team began defusing the bomb.

The team was expected to complete the task today, he said. — VNS

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