Cambodia asked Thailand Friday to compensate the families of five Cambodians killed when a World War II bomb exploded in a scrap metal shop in Bangkok.
The explosion on Wednesday killed a total of seven people, injured 20 others and destroyed or damaged 10 buildings.*
“Our people were killed, and we ask that the owner of the scrap shop or the Thai authorities provide compensation for all the victims,” said Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1941 to 1945, Allied war planes carried out air raids on Bangkok, seeking to destroy Japanese military targets.
This week, construction workers digging a building foundation found a buried metal object and sold it to a scrap company. Seeking to recover steel, the scrap dealer told his men to use a blowtorch to cut open what turned out to be a live bomb.
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