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One tonne World War II bomb discovered near royal palace in Phnom Penh

One tonne World War II bomb discovered near royal palace in Phnom Penh

A bomb with a total weight of almost 1,000kg, at least half of which is explosives, was found in the Chatomuk River – opposite the Royal Palace – on May 5, according to the director-general of Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) Heng Ratana.

Ratana said that the bomb was found near the Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel opposite the palace. It was a model of an American aerial bomb called an AN-M66.

 

“If a bomb of this size was to explode, it would cause huge damage to the hotel and surrounding houses, and perhaps even the royal palace. That it never exploded is a lucky thing for all Cambodians,” said Ratana.

 

According to Ratana, CMAC bomb experts worked closely with the governor of Phnom Penh to transport the bomb to a safe area where CMAC’s experts can take further action.

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