Illustrative photo (Photo: VNA)

Binh Phuoc (VNA) - The Military High Command of the southern province of Binh Phuoc on May 22 worked with National Shooting Range Region 3 to dismantle various bombs, mines and artillery left over from wars in Loc Ninh and Bu Dang districts.

They included four bombs, six artillery cannons, 46 sub-munitions and four grenades.
                                                 
Major Vo Trung Son, head of the Engineer Corp department under the provincial Military High Command, warned that as bombs can explode any time, locals must not cut unexploded landmines for scrap metal.

Thousands of bombs, landmines and explosives were dropped in the province during wars. Many are still buried in the locality.

In previous years, the province has made concerted efforts to defuse bombs and mines.

An estimated 800,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs and mines left over from wars are in more than 20 percent of Vietnam’s territory. The US army used more than 15 million tonnes of bombs and mines in Vietnam during 1945-1975, four times the amount used in World War II.

Leftover bombs and mines have killed about 42,130 people and injured 62,160 others in the country. The bombs and mines have affected socio-economic development and had severe consequences on people’s lives. -VNA