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Old but live bomb found in Thousand Islands

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 6, 2019   /   12:12 pm
Old but live bomb found in Thousand Islands Members of the Gegana bomb squad are checking a live bomb found on Untung Jawa Island, Thousand Islands regency on Sunday. (wartakota,tribunnews.com/-)

The Thousand Islands Police have secured an old but live military bomb found in a volleyball court on Untung Jawa Island, Thousand Islands, Jakarta, on Sunday morning. 

An officer at the Thousand Islands Water Management Agency, Dadi Suhendar, who was digging a trench in the sand at the location to make a water channel, found the bomb at about 9.30 a.m., a police officer said. 

Dadi reported his finding to the police. 

"It is a live bomb, weighing about 60 kg," Thousand Islands Police chief Adj. Comr. Bambang Budi Hastono said on Sunday. 

He said the bomb might have been there since colonial times, adding that it might have failed to explode after it was dropped from a plane. 

Ten personnel, including seven from the Gegana bomb squad, were deployed to lift the bomb from the trench and carry it to a safer place. 

"The bomb was brought to the Gegana headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta," Bambang said, kompas.com reported. 

At the Gegana headquarters, the bomb is to be defused and destroyed. (sau)