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|Thursday, August 30, 2001, updated at 22:38(GMT+8)|
One Dead, Three Injured in Harbin Bomb BlastA bomb exploded in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province Tuesday, leaving one person dead and another three injured.
The bomb, together with another one, was discovered by construction workers.
The second bomb was defused by experts.
Both bombs are thought to have been left behind by Japanese troops who invaded China in the last century. They are also thought to be chemical warfare weapons.
The local public security department's statistics show that over the past 20 years more than 10,000 bombs confirmed to have been left behind by the Japanese army have been discovered in northeast China.
Last September, China and Japan jointly started a clearing-up campaign of abandoned chemical weapons in Bei'an city, Heilongjiang Province.
More than 700,000 chemical bombs are estimated to have been left in China by Japan.
Japan has an obligation to remove these weapons within ten years, under the terms of the Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which came into effect in April 1997.
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