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World Solomons blast kills Australian chemical weapons expert and Briton

03:26  21 september  2020
03:26  21 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night, their aid 'One bump and it's all over': Chilling final post of Australian chemical weapons expert who was killed in a bomb blast alongside his British

An Australian chemical weapons expert who was killed in a bomb blast in the Solomon Islands overnight is being remembered as a legendary Newcastle man Trent Lee, 40, was working with 57-year-old British national Luke Atkinson when the pair were killed by a bomb blast in a residential area

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An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague have been killed in a bomb blast in the Solomon Islands.

Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died when an explosion ripped through a residential street in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday, their aid agency confirmed.

Mr Lee, believed to be in his 40s, was a bomb specialist working for Non-Government Organisation Norwegian Peoples Aid.

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"Explosive Weapons are often found within city construction sites, coral reefs, farms, forests and suburban gardens where children sometimes find and play with them," the charity said on its website. This story was first published on CNN.com, " Briton and Australian mapping unexploded bombs

A Briton and an Australian died in the bomb-related accident in the South Pacific. A British man and an Australian colleague working for a bomb disposal NGO have been killed in an explosion on Mr Lee’s Facebook page describes him as a chemical weapons advisor, adding that his role was to “to

The men had been performing sweeps for unexploded World War II explosives when the blast occurred.

a young boy standing next to a fence: An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast © Provided by Daily Mail An Australian chemical weapons expert and his British colleague who were working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast

Following the explosion, residents rushed to the scene to find the men seriously injured, the Solomons Star newspaper reported.

They were taken to Honiara's National Referral Hospital. One of the men died at the scene while the other was confirmed dead at the hospital.

Mr Lee took to Facebook to talk about how dangerous his line of work was just a month before the fatal explosion.

'Pretty much the most dangerous WW2 ammunition we find...it's cocked and ready to fire...one bump and it's all over,' he wrote on August 13.

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A blast in the Solomons capital Honiara has killed an Australian man and a British man who were working on a project to find unexploded World War II Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson died in a rented apartment in Tasahe in West Honiara between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

An Australian man and a British man working to identify unexploded World War II bombs in the Solomon Islands have been killed in a blast in the capital Honiara. Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson died in a rented apartment in Tasahe in West Honiara between 7.30pm and 8pm on

Local police have sealed off the blast area and launched an investigation.

A police statement said officers of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Forensics Department were at the scene.

The two men were conducting a non-technical survey on the contamination of unexploded ordnances in the Solomons, the police media statement said.

a sign above a store: Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night © Provided by Daily Mail Australian Trent Lee and Briton Luke Atkinson, 57, died in a rented apartment in Honiora, the nation's capital, between 7.30pm and 8pm on Sunday night

Inspector Clifford Tunuki said police spent the night clearing the explosion site.

'Explosives ordinance disposal officers will have to render the scene safe before forensics and other investigators access the scene to find out what happened,' Inspector Tunuki told media.

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The Solomon Islands was the site of major military campaign for the Pacific, and its islands are littered with thousands of unexploded bombs left over from the conflict. Police said officials at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara confirmed that two foreign nationals died as a result of the blast .

Two bomb disposal experts from Britain and Australia died in the Solomon Islands when World War II ordnance they were helping to clear exploded, officials said on Monday. Police said the blast took place on Sunday afternoon in the Pacific island nation's capital Honiara and the two foreign nationals died

The Solomon Islands are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA.

NPA deputy secretary-general Per Nergaard confirmed in a statement that Mr Lee and Mr Atkinson had died in the blast.

a close up of a tree: Trent Lee posted about the dangers of working with live bombs just a month before the fatal explosion  (pictured, images from his Facebook page) © Provided by Daily Mail Trent Lee posted about the dangers of working with live bombs just a month before the fatal explosion  (pictured, images from his Facebook page) a group of people on a grassy hill: The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA © Provided by Daily Mail The Solomon Islands (pictured) are littered with unexploded material from World War II, according to NPA

'This is a tragic accident. So far, we know that there has been an explosion with fatal consequences,' he said.

'Our main priority now is to offer assistance to relatives and colleagues and to clarify what has happened.'

'The safety and security of our staff is our highest priority.'

NPA secretary-general Henriette Killi Westhrin said the organisation was devastated by the loss of two good colleagues.

'Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to their families, relatives and staff.'

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Two bomb disposal experts from Britain and Australia died in the Solomon Islands when World War II NPA said its activities in the Solomons had been temporarily suspended while the "devastating" blast was "Explosive weapons are often found within city construction sites, coral reefs, farms

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