The Jakarta Post
A mortar shell has been confiscated from a junkyard on Jl. Raya Curug in Depok, West Java, after a worker reported finding the explosive weapon to the local police, the Depok Police spokesman has said.
“We received information about the mortar shell on Saturday morning at around 8 a.m.,” said Depok Police spokesman, Adj. Comr. Firdaus on Sunday, as quoted by tempo.co.
Firdaus said junkyard worker M. Syarif reported to police that an unknown person had delivered a sack to the junkyard owner about two weeks ago.
He continued that Syarif said junkyard workers were surprised on Nov. 29, when they discovered what appeared to be a mortar shell measuring 30 centimeters long and 7 cm in diameter inside the sack.
“The object was placed in a bucket filled with water [by the workers],” Firdaus said.
The police sealed the junkyard and contacted Jakarta's bomb squad to check the mortar shell to determined whether it was live.
“[The Depok Police] have communicated with the Gegana bomb squad of the Jakarta Police to secure the mortar shell,” he said. “We’re also gathering information from witnesses.”
Last month, about 60 live mortar shells were seized from a scrap metal trader in Cipondoh district of Tangerang, Banten. The trader apparently received the mortar shells from two unidentified men in the black uniforms of construction workers. (sau)