Cambodian Mine Action Centre experts on Monday removed a USMK82 bomb found by villagers in Kompong Speu province’s Kong Pissey district.
Heng Ratana, CMAC director general, said today that the bomb, weighing 227 kilograms, was buried seven meters deep in the ground and is believed to have been dropped when the US air force carpet bombed parts of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
“The bomb was still perfectly active and people in the area would have been in serious danger if it had exploded,” he said.
Mr Ratana noted that for the first semester of this year the number of landmine and unexploded ordnance victims increased slightly by seven percent compared to the same period last year.
According to CMAC records, former US President Bill Clinton in 2000 confirmed that the US had dropped approximately 2.8 million tonnes of bombs in Cambodia from 1963 to 1975, including more than 28 million cluster munitions and chemical bombs.
More than 500,000 Cambodians were killed and thousands of houses were destroyed. CMAC removes US bomb buried seven meters underground