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A street lamp located on a riverbank alongside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park has been damaged, the ninth such case of suspected vandalism since July, police and city officials said Monday.

A security guard noticed that the lamp’s glass was cracked around 10:10 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Although about 80 people viewed cherry blossoms in the area that night, nobody witnessed anyone interfering with the lamp, investigators said.

Fifty-two street lamps were set up in the area alongside the Motoyasu River in July.

Recently, a monument under the arch-shaped cenotaph in the memorial park was found to have been daubed with paint. The park is dedicated to the 220,000 victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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