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Ships banned from travelling on Red River section due to bomb

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HCMC – Ships and boats have been banned from traveling along a section of the Red River near Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi City after a wartime bomb was detected along the section, according to the Northern Inland Waterways Subdepartment.

It was discovered after some fishermen found a suspicious object, which was similar to a bomb and 800 meters away from Long Bien Bridge, and informed the authorities.

As such, the subdepartment dispatched a working team to the site to examine it and reported the issue to the Long Bien Military Command and the Hanoi Capital High Command.

The subdepartment cordoned off the river section on June 17 to prevent ships and boats from approaching the area to ensure the safety of residents, waterway users and facilitate competent forces to examine and fish out the object, which is 1.6 meters long and 35 centimeters in diameter.

Nguyen Cong Minh, head of the North Inland Waterways Subdepartment, told Tuoi Tre Online on June 18 that the object was identified as an unexploded bomb, which had been hurled by the U.S. Air Force during the war, adding that the competent agencies are guarding the river section.

In November 2017, military forces removed and defused a two-meter wartime bomb, which was five meters away from Long Bien Bridge.

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