US bombs recovered from Tonle Sap lake

A team of divers from the Cambodian Mine Action Center has recovered two large bombs dropped from US planes into Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Chhnang province. Heng Ratana, the director-general of the center, said the two 500-pound US-made MK82 aircraft bombs were found by his divers in Samrong Sen commune after fishermen and local authorities raised the alarm. “Two aircraft bombs were found about 300 meters apart. They have been safely removed and transferred to the provincial CMAC center,” Mr. Ratana said in a post on Facebook. From 1963 to 1973, the US dropped about 500,000 tons of explosives on Cambodian soil without the approval of Congress, which was required at the time for any military action.

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