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Saturday October 12, 2013 MYT 8:32:19 AM
by stephanie lee
Found by fishermen: One of the artillery shells found in Kampung Pulau Sepanggar near Kota Kinabalu city in Sabah.
KOTA KINABALU: Police detonated 12 rusty artillery shells at Kampung Pulau Sepanggar near here.
The shells are believed to be remnants from the World War II era.
A first shell was discovered by some fishermen who thought it was some kind of bomb early on Monday, while villagers uncovered another 10 protruding from the ground near the spot later that evening.
Kota Kinabalu city police chief Assist Comm Jauteh Dikun said a bomb squad was sent to the area but they found that it was actually a bullet with explosive components for bigger guns and not a bomb.
“We detonated it as it could still be triggered to blow although it is rusty and had most probably been around since the World War II era,” he said.
Jauteh said they received another phone call in the evening regarding the discovery of 10 more shells not far from where the first one was found and had gone there to detonate them as well.
“On Tuesday morning, we again received a call regarding the finding of another similar shell,” he said, adding that a bomb disposal unit from the police headquarters in Kepayan had detonated it later that afternoon.
Jauteh said that the place must have once been a war zone to find such items being buried there.
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