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World Briton, Australian killed clearing WWII bomb in Solomons

03:05  21 september  2020
03:05  21 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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WWII munitions and equipment, like these shown in a village near Honiara in 2005, are regularly found in the Solomon Islands, which were the The charity Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), which is collating a database of unexploded ordnance in the Solomons , confirmed two of its workers were killed .

Two bomb disposal experts from Britain and Australia died in the Solomon Islands when World War II ordnance they were helping to clear The charity Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), which is collating a database of unexploded ordnance in the Solomons , confirmed two of its workers were killed .

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 Monday.

a pot with food in it: WWII munitions and equipment, like these shown in a village near Honiara in 2005, are regularly found in the Solomon Islands, which were the site of fierce fighting between Allied and Japanese forces © madeleine coorey WWII munitions and equipment, like these shown in a village near Honiara in 2005, are regularly found in the Solomon Islands, which were the site of fierce fighting between Allied and Japanese forces

Police said the blast took place on Sunday afternoon in the Pacific island nation's capital Honiara and the two foreign nationals died after being taken to hospital.

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A British man and an Australian colleague working for an aid agency which helps to map unexploded bombs have been killed in an explosion in the Solomon Islands. Briton Stephen “Luke” Atkinson and Australian citizen Trent Lee, employees of non-governmental organisation Norwegian People’s Aid

He and Australian citizen Trent Lee were killed in the blast on the island of Guadalcanal, where authorities have been clearing Authorities have been clearing remnants ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games, which the Solomon Islands is hosting. Activities by the agency have temporarily been put on

The charity Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), which is collating a database of unexploded ordnance in the Solomons, confirmed two of its workers were killed.

It named then as British citizen Stephen "Luke" Atkinson and Australian citizen Trent Lee.

"This is a tragic accident. So far, we know that there has been an explosion with fatal consequences," NPA said in a statement.

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

NPA said its activities in the Solomons had been temporarily suspended while the "devastating" blast was investigated.

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WWII munitions and equipment, like these shown in a village near Honiara in 2005, are regularly found in the Solomon Islands, which were the The charity Norwegian People's Aid (NPA), which is collating a database of unexploded ordnance in the Solomons , confirmed two of its workers were killed .

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 NPA, which operates in 19 countries around the world , said it has temporarily halted its activities on the Solomon Islands and is working with the

"The investigation needs to be completed before there can be a conclusion on the cause of events," it said.

The Solomons were the site of fierce fighting between Allied and Japanese forces in World War II and when the conflict ended they abandoned vast quantities of shells, landmines and other munitions.

NPA was working with Solomon Islands police to survey the scale of the problem and develop a nation-wide collection programme.

The charity said on its website that the Solomons remained heavily contaminated by unexploded munitions, which not only posed an explosion risk but had also often degraded after 75 years, leaching harmful chemicals into the environment.

"Munitions from the conflict continue to kill or seriously injure local people and are used for destructive fishing practices," it said.

"Explosive weapons are often found within city construction sites, coral reefs, farms, forests and suburban gardens where children sometimes find and play with them."

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