A multi-national team of explosive ordnance disposal experts has destroyed a major cache of unfired World War II munitions in the jungles of Torokina, Bougainville, during Operation Render Safe 14. The location where the ordnance was discovered was littered with high explosive mortar rounds and hand grenades. The explosive remnants of war, which were in varying states of decay, were blown in place after being rigged with plastic explosive. Led by Australia, the explosive ordnance disposal experts arrived in Torokina on Wednesday 22 October, at the invitation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government and approval of the PNG Government, to remove explosive remnants of war. The multi-national team will continue to remove of bombs, weapons and ammunition remaining from World War Two. Operation Render Safe 2014 is a key element of Australia’s enduring commitment to make safe the explosive remnants of war in the South Pacific. Previous Operation Render Safe missions have removed explosive remnants of war from Solomon Islands and Rabaul. Experts from Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and the Solomon Islands are working alongside the Bougainville Police Force during the operation. Personnel from the Kingdom of Tonga are also observing the operation.
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