“If you ever come across anything suspicious like this item, please do not pick it up, contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance”.
The bomb, which was discovered in the area of Mangateen close to the final flight path of aircraft onto the runway, was initially identified by the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF), who requested the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to remove the explosive device.
Artificieri delle Nazioni Unite, disinnescano una bomba d’aereo da 50 Kg, rinvenuta nel Distretto di Mangateen.
Last year, according to UNMAS, South Sudan passed the 5,000 figure for people killed or injured in landmine-related incidents. “This is a real life danger, but we are working hard to clear threats,” Richard Boulter, the Programme Manager of UNMAS told reporters. Boulter said UNMAS, operational in South Sudan since 2003, will sometime next month destroy the millionth explosive item in the country. “And that is not including bullets, that includes hand grenades, mortars, artillery rounds, aircraft bombs and land mines,” he stressed. Meanwhile UNMAS urged citizens to report any explosive devices they encounter to their hotline number 0920001055 for a response.
If you find anything that appears to be an explosive device, do not touch it, leave it where it is and call the police. We will contact the appropriate agencies to properly dispose of the item.
Biography of a Bomb