Briton, Australian killed while clearing WWII bomb

22 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

HONIARA: 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, reports AFP.

Police said the pair—who worked for the charity Norwegian People’s Aid—were storing munitions without permission in a residential area of the capital Honiara when the blast occurred on Sunday afternoon.

Norwegian People’s Aid named the pair as Briton Stephen “Luke” Atkinson and Australian Trent Lee, who were helping collate a database of unexploded ordnance in the Solomons, which was a major Pacific battleground in WWII.

Police inspector Clifford Tunuki said the explosion took place at the charity’s office and it appeared unauthorised work was being carried out on unexploded ordnance (UXO) in a residential area.