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27.03.2008 General News

Military Investigates Bomb Blast

By Daily Graphic
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Military personnel from the First Battalion of Infantry, Mitchell Camp, Tuesday visited the Ashaiman Scrap Yard to investigate the circumstances that led to a bomb blast at the place on March 21, 2008.

The blast killed Abu Adamu, a 17-year-old Fulani, and badly injured Sanusi Ibrahim and Yakubu Moshi, both scrap dealers at the yard, when the three tried dismantling an explosive device for its copper wire.

Superintendent Frank Awu told the Ghana News Agency that the military personnel studied the yard, which is opposite the Ashaiman main lorry station, and took away what remained of the exploded metal for examination.

He said investigations by the police revealed that the three victims were using a hammer to open the device to disentangle the copper inside when it exploded.

Superintendent Awu said Ibrahim and Moshi were both on admission at the 37 Military Hospital, adding that Ibrahim's leg had been amputated, while the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Police Hospital mortuary for autopsy.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashaiman, Mr Alfred Agbesi, has advised the scrap dealers to go about their duties in a professional manner to avoid accidents.

He said much as the scrap dealers could not be stopped from engaging in their business, they should know which metals to handle and which they should not.

Last Friday's incident is the second in less than two months. Another scrap dealer, 21-year-old Nene Teye, got seriously injured in the arm when an object he was examining exploded at the Bundase Military Training area.

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