Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have responded to a bomb blast, which have killed a male person and left three others in critical condition today (9 May 2021) at Lengakiki in Central Honiara.
Officer In-charge (OIC), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team, Inspector Clifford Tunuki says, “One of the four casualties has been confirmed death, other two in critical condition and one has some minor injuries.”
OIC Tunuki says, “There are two females among the three casualties whom currently at the National Referral Hospital (NRH), whilst a male person was pronounce death.”
Inspector Tunuki says, “Based on information we have gathered. Some youths come together at the place of the incident (Legakiki) to do a fundraising drive. They prepared some food and select a site and erect a fire to cook there food for the fundraising. Without realising that there is a bomb laying underground on the location which they built the fire on.”
He says, “Police have responded to the incident and secure the scene after the blast. RSIPF Forensic and EOD team are working together to investigate the sad incident. The scene is cleared but still subject to investigation.”
Mr Tunuki says, “EOD experts have identified the bomb which is a US 105mm High Explosive Projectile that remain after the World War II. Other parts of the bomb was safely transported to Hells Points since the base of the bomb still containing explosives for render safe.”
“My condolences to the family of the deceased for the tragic loss of one of their family members,” says OIC Tunuki.
Caption: Officers of RSIPF at the scene of the bomb blast