Two brothers killed when unexploded WW2 bomb goes off in their garden

Two brothers have been killed after a WW2 bomb exploded in the back garden of their home in India.

Local reports suggest the brothers had been digging a pit in their garden when they hit the bomb with a spade in the Moreh area of Manipur.

The deceased have been identified as Lalsangmuon Gangte, 27, and Lienkhogin Gangte, 23.

Police said the incident occurred around 4pm on Wednesday.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Moirangthem Amit, Additional Superintendent of Police (LO) in Tengnoupal, said: "As per initial investigation, we found out that the deceased were digging a pit in their backyard to dump garbage when they accidentally struck the bomb believed to be of World War-II era with their spades."

According to India Today, 122 shells of unexploded World War II-era bombs were found in the Moreh area in November last year.

The bombs were reportedly uncovered while construction workers were excavating a site in preparation for a house to be built on top of it.

Speaking to The Indian Express, village chairman Thangpao Baite confirmed the incident and blamed the security forces for not scanning the area to make it safer for locals.

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He also urged the Indian government to help the family of the deceased.

Baite said: "Last year, the authorities removed a large number of old bombs from the plot where the two brothers were killed. Unfortunately, it appears that all the bombs were not removed. I appeal to the government to extend financial help to the family considering their loss."

Rajeswhor Yumnam, president of WW-II Imphal Campaign Foundation, said Moreh was the biggest depot of the British during the 'Burma Campaign'.

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It has been estimated that supplies worth over Rs 3 billion including ammunition, weapons,

Rajeswhor said: "As per our findings, the area where the bomb exploded today was one of the artillery positions of the British troops. We visited the site last year when a large number of bombs were recovered."

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