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Soldiers’ remains, explosives discovered in Dien Bien

 The Military Command of Dien Bien Phu city of the north western province of Dien Bien on December 21 started the excavation of soldiers’ remains and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) discovered during construction work on Hill A1.

The discovery of the remains and UXOs was made on December 19. Upon receiving the information, the Military Command of the city mobilised personnel to excavate the remains and UXOs.

The unit will work with the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to carry out DNA tests and will dispose of the UXOs.

Hill A1 in Muong Thanh district, Dien Bien Phu city is the site of the most famous battle of the Dien Bien Phu campaign. The 32-metre-high hill, covering 82,000 sq.m. and located 500m west of the headquarters of the French troop during the Dien Bien Phu campaign, was the scene of the fiercest fighting between Vietnamese and French armies in 1954.

With other eastern hills, A1 created a shield protecting the central sector of the entrenched camp of Dien Bien Phu, the bunker of General de Castries. More than 2,500 Vietnam officials and soldiers and about 800 French soldiers died on the hill.