Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team Officer in Charge (OIC) Inspector Clifford Tunuki said: “One of the four victims has been confirmed dead, the other two are in critical condition. and one has minor injuries.
Two of the three victims are women according to OIC Tunuki.
Inspector Tunuki said, “Based on the information we gathered, some young people gathered at the scene of the incident (Legakiki) to do fundraising. They prepared food and chose a site and erected a fire to cook their food for the fundraiser. Without realizing that there is a bomb underground where they started the fire.
The incident happened on Sunday
Inspector Tunuki said: “The police responded to the incident and secured the scene after the explosion. The RSIPF Forensic team and EOD are working together to investigate the sad incident. The scene is cleared up but is still under investigation.
“EOD experts identified the bomb which is a US 105mm highly explosive projectile that remains after World War II. Other parts of the bomb were transported safely to Hells Points, as the bomb base contains always explosives to secure.
“My condolences to the family of the deceased for the tragic loss of one of his family members,” OCI Tunuki said.
Caption for photo provided: Solomon Islands police at the scene of the bomb explosion