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UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE KILLED 38,248 IN VIETNAM

Unexploded bombs, land mines and artillery shells killed 38,248 people in the first 23 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the People's Army newspaper reported Saturday.

Another 60,064 people were injured through April 1998, it said, citing statistics from the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

The paper estimated there still are 300,000 tons of unexploded ordnance around.

There also are unspecified numbers of land mines planted by the Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese forces during the 1977-79 border war in southwestern Vietnam and by Vietnamese and Chinese forces during their brief but bloody border war in 1979.

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