IN a recent operation in Western Province, approximately 500 different Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs) were removed and prepared for destruction.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) safely removed those UXOs to a safer location and will destroy them later.
RSIPF Commissioner Mr. Mostyn Mangau says, “The operation was conducted in response to calls from the communities reporting UXO’s in the province over the past two months, and the EOD team safely removed over 500 UXO’s that were endangering the communities.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “A six-day operation was conducted at Munda and its surroundings, Noro, Rendova, and Baeroko. The team has planned a destruction schedule and will carry out the destruction of these bombs in the western province.
“I would like to thank the Australian Defence Force (ADF) through its embedded ADF EOD advisor for the support rendered to our EOD team to remove those dangerous war remnants from our communities. I would like to thank my RSIPF EOD OIC and EOD Officer for their continuous professional and committed work in carrying out such operations. The support and working together of both teams and officers have rendered our communities safe,” says Commissioner Mangau.
Mr. Mangau thanked these communities for reporting these dangerous UXOs and working together with the EOD team during the operation. It is encouraged that any sightings of UXOs be reported to the police on the emergency toll-free line 999 or at any nearest police station.