The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team will be conducting an unexploded ordnance (UXO) operations in the Western Province from Tuesday 31 May to Monday 13 June 2022.
The tasks will be carried out in the areas of Nila and Hitou in Shortland Island, Munda, Noro and surrounding communities on New Georgia Island. Ringgi, Jack Harbour and surrounding communities on Kolombangara Island are also places in the operation.
Officer In-charge (OIC) of the RSIPF EOD team, Inspector Clifford Tunuki says, “The tasks will be carried out within those specified dates. Kindly urge our surrounding communities in those areas to work together with your Police.”
“This operation is in response to multiple UXO reports to police previously by the local communities in those areas, and a team is now ready to deal with those World War II remnants.”
OIC Tunuki says, “The enactment of this task is part of the RSIPF’s responsibilities to remove and destroy bombs found which are endangering our environment, lives and properties.”
Inspector Tunuki says, “It is advisable that our surrounding local communities in those areas to report any sighting of UXOs or bombs whilst the team is on the ground. Further to that, the concerned surrounding communities are kindly urged to please cooperate with police during bomb blasting days.”
Mr Tunuki says, “I call on the communities in the Western Province and across the country to report any sightings of any unexploded bombs through Police free toll line 999 or the RSIPF EOD mobile 7495215 or report it to any nearest Police Stations.”