An un-exploded bomb has been discovered at the construction site of the new Foreign Affairs Ministry along OAU Drive, Tower Hill in Freetown.
According to bomb experts, it may explode at anytime from now if not defused.
The bomb was discovered by a caterpillar machine operator known as Solomon while excavating soil for the construction of the main building and the purported entrance and car park.
According to Police Constable (PC) 7249 Willie Conteh, the bomb is alleged to have been dropped from an Alpha jet during the interregnum in 1997 by ECOMOG peacekeepers, but it never exploded because the soil was too soft to ignite the bomb. He said some personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) visited the scene and promised to defuse the bomb to avert danger within the area.
He pointed out that the bomb still has scars of the firing pin of the weapon used in firing it, adding that it has taken over 13 years underneath the soil.
When this reporter visited the scene yesterday, he observed that the bomb has rust and partially buried in brown mud, although when RSLAF personnel visited the site there was no sign of any demarcation or Condon on the scene.
According to PC Conteh, some RSLAF personnel that visited the scene said there is need for 28 bags of sand in 10cm pit to detonate the bomb before it causes mayhem.
He called on state actors in the security sector to expedite the process in detonating the bomb to avert disaster, as it is a danger waiting to explode.
By Saidu bah