EXPLOSION OF WARTIME ARTILLERY SHELL KILLS SIX IN VIETNAM

HANOI, Vietnam- A big artillery shell exploded, in Vietnam's central Khanh Hoa province, on Friday, killing two adults and four children.

An unexploded 105-mm artillery shell, went off in Khanh Son district, killing a 35-year-old man, his two sons aged 3 and 9, his 60-year-old father-in-law, and a sibling of a 3-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, the district's authorities said.

The explosion also injured a 55-year-old man, father of the little boy and girl, the authorities said, noting that, all the dead and the injured are from poor families of the Raglay ethnic minority.

The explosion happened when two local men were sawing the artillery shell, to get its metal, the district's military officers said.

During the 1965-1975 Vietnam War, the U.S. Armed Forces dropped more than 15 million tonnes of bombs, mines, artillery shells and other ordnance in Vietnam, in which, 10 percent did not detonate as designed, according to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund of the United States.

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

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK