Mine explosion kills 3 Vietnamese (VIETNAM)

HANOI,-- Two brothers and their fellow- villager died instantly when a mine exploded in Vietnam`s central highlands region, according to local newspaper Labor Thursday.


The explosion occurred on Feb. 28, when Tran Van Hung and his brother Tran Van Thang and Nguyen Van Chuong were sawing the mine to get metal in the central highland province of Gia Lai. Assets at the site, including two motorbikes, were crushed.

The three men were born in a village in the central province of Binh Dinh, and worked in Gia Lai.

According to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund of the United States, during the Vietnam War from 1965-1975, the U.S. Armed Forces deployed more than 15 million tons of bombs, mines, artillery shells and other ordnance in the country, in which 10 percent did not detonate as designed.

Vietnamese scrap collectors often saw unexploded ordnance (UXO) for metal and explosive, while small children play ammunitions by breaking them, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries annually.

Now, there are over 300,000 tons of UXO in Vietnam, estimated local officials.

Von: 02.03.2006, http://www.angolapress-angop.ao

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