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World War II bomb found, defused
Publication Date : 13-06-2012
A bomb, thought to be of World War II era during the Japanese occupation of Brunei, was found along the Jln Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha road median yesterday leading to closure of road within the vicinity of Istana Nurul Iman in the morning.
When The Brunei Times reached the scene yesterday afternoon and spoke with the workers at site, they said that the bomb, no bigger than a 1.5 litre bottle, was found at around 11am on Monday.
The workers, belonging to Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd, said the bomb was discovered during the digging for the foundation of one of the advertising poles positioned on the road median.
Meanwhile, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) public relations department informed that a contractor responsible for the construction works in the area discovered the bomb on Monday and contacted the police yesterday morning to file a report.
According to the RBPF, the bomb is believed to belong to the World War II during the Japanese occupation of Brunei.
Upon receiving the report, the RBPF issued a road closure order along the immediate area of Jln Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha yesterday morning to recover the bomb with the assistance of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Bomb Squad.
The road closure ended before noon. The Brunei Times contacted the Public Works Department (JKR) to find out the name of the contractor, who confirmed that they had no ongoing projects in the area and informed that the activity involved the setting up of lights, which would fall under the Municipal Department's jurisdiction.
The bomb was later defused and destroyed at 4pm yesterday.