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Cambodia: bomb removed from Mekong river

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Cambodia: bomb removed from Mekong river


A bomb found at the bottom of the Mekong river in Cambodia has been carefully removed from the water.

A fisherman had spotted the MK80 series aircraft bomb, the type that was dropped from US forces planes during the Cambodia-Vietnam war.

On 18 March 1969, American B-52s began carpet-bombing eastern Cambodia.

“Operation Breakfast” was the first phase in a four-year bombing campaign that drew Cambodia headlong into the Vietnam War.

The US dropped 540,000 tons of bombs, killing anywhere between 150,000 and 500,000 civilians.

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