Vietnam Railway Cooperation said it had lifted the blockage of North-South rail line through Quang Binh Province following the removal of the unexploded bomb by the provincial military forces on Saturday afternoon. All the trains that had had to temporarily pause for nearly 12 hours were allowed to continue their journey.
Senior Lieutenant Tran Van Doan, commander-in-chief of Tuyen Hoa District Military Headquarters, confirmed that the bomb was identified as a 750-pound general-purpose M117 bomb which had been removed and safely destroyed by the provincial military engineers.
Earlier at 1:00 p.m. on 4 June, a construction unit unexpectedly uncovered an unexploded aerial bomb while they were working to improve the rail near Khe Be Bridge, Kim Hoa Commune, Tuyen Hoa District, Quang Binh Province. The bomb location was adjacent to the rail bridge.
The discovery resulted in two passenger trains, one from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi with 107 passengers on board and the other from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City carrying 124 passengers, having to stop at Dong Le and Kim Lu respectively. Other six freight trains stopped at various stations in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces awaiting the bomb to be dealt with.
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