War-left U.S. aerial bombs safely removed in Cambodia: official

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PHNOM PENH, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC)'s bomb experts have safely removed three war-left U.S.-made MK 82 aerial bombs recently found in the country, a mine clearance chief said on Friday.

CMAC's director-general Heng Ratana said the bomb expert teams discovered the unexploded bombs and deactivated them successfully after receiving reports of the bombs from local authorities.

"Within this two-day period on March 8-9, CMAC's explosive ordinance disposal experts have cleared by safely removing three MK 82 bombs as remnants of war in three provinces, namely Kratie, Kampong Cham and Kandal," he wrote on his Facebook page.

"These bombs, weighing about 250 kilograms each, remain in good shapes and quality although they aged 50 to 60 years old," he said.

According to Yale University, between 1965 and 1973, the United States dropped some 230,516 bombs on 113,716 sites in Cambodia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen wrote in his book titled "Hun Sen: 10 Years of Cambodia's Journey, 1979-1989" that the U.S. bombings on Cambodia caused "tens of thousands of civilian casualties because of this vicious undeclared war." Enditem

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