Bomb found in riverbed in front of Cambodian Royal Palace

Cambodia’s bomb squad was called in on Thursday to remove a 2,000-pound US-made explosive uncovered in a riverbed opposite the Royal Palace in the capital Phnom Penh, a demining official said.

The AN-M66 bomb — containing more than 500 kilograms of explosives — was found during dredging and clean-up work at the meeting point of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre said.

“If this bomb had exploded it could have caused huge damage to hotels, houses or even the Royal Palace. It’s very lucky for Cambodia,” director general Heng Ratana said on Facebook.

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