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World War II bomb kills 8 in Maluku AMBON - Eight people were killed when a bomb left over from World War II exploded in a village in eastern Indonesia, local police said Thursday. The blast occurred Wednesdy in Hila village, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, police Maj. Max Alfons said. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. But Indonesia's northeastern islands have seen a number of deadly explosions of old ordnance in recent years.
In similar incidents in the past, villagers have attempted to cut through bomb casings to get at the explosives inside. Shipping lanes around the Malukus archipelago, which had been occupied by the Japanese imperial army in 1942, were heavily attacked by Allied bombers in the closing stages of the war. The Malukus, about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) northeast of Jakarta, were known as the Spice Islands during Dutch colonial times.
During sectarian clashes in recent times between Christians and Muslims in the Maluku islands, divers from both sides scoured the shallow seabeds for downed aircraft and unexploded bombs. They used the explosives they salvaged to blow up each other as well as churches, mosques and other buildings during the bloodshed that ended last year. Nowadays the explosives are mainly used for illegal fishing, police say



Posted in Accidents @ 30 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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