Philippine removes WW2 mortar rounds found in US Embassy
Philippine explosives experts have removed about 60 World War Two mortar rounds found in the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, officials said.
Philippine explosives experts have removed about 60 World War Two mortar rounds found in the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Manila by construction workers, officials said on Saturday.
The embassy was evacuated on Friday afternoon when the ordnance was found by workers digging in the grounds of the mission, said embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Thompson.
By Saturday morning, experts had carefully removed 60 of the rusted and mud-covered rounds and transported them to a police base.
"They got everything that was found there," Thompson said, adding the U.S. embassy grounds facing Manila Bay were used as the main headquarters of Japanese military forces from 1942 to 1945.."
Leopoldo Bataoil, Metro Manila police chief, said the ordnance was potentially lethal.
"Those bombs could still kill and create massive destruction," he said.
Police said reports of unexploded ordnance being found at construction sites in the capital remained common more than six decades after the end of World War Two.
Manila, which was occupied by the Japanese military and then retaken by Allied forces, saw fierce fighting and was heavily bombed during World War Two.
Reuters Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2009, 17:02