KOTA KINABALU: A 227kg WWII bomb was discovered by an excavation worker at a construction site near the Road Transport Department in Sandakan on Friday.
The area where the 1.3m-long bomb was later cordoned off, and Sandakan police chief Asst Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin said the bomb is currently being kept at the area where it was found under the supervision of the security forces.
He added that the area will be cordoned off until a Bomb Unit arrives, and said that a Sabah Police Headquarters Bomb Unit team is scheduled to head to Sandakan to defuse it on July 30.
The bomb is believed to have been air-dropped.
On the discovery of the bomb, ACP Mohd Azhar that the bomb was discovered at about 9.10am when the worker's machine hit something hard while he was excavating in that area.
“The worker went to check and saw that it was a bomb, so he told the security guard at the Road Transport Department nearby and lodged a police report,” he said.