Kolkata: An unexploded bomb of World War-II era was found by tribals living in an island of Andaman after which it was disposed off safely by defence commandos,officials said today.
Last week, locals had spotted the bomb in Tamaloo village of Car Nicobar island and the matter was reported to the defence tri-service Andaman Nicobar Command.
"Although it was a very old bomb but the fuses were still intact and it posed a risk to the local population. So a team of our Marine Commandos (MARCOS) were sent to dispose it off in a safe place," Command's PRO R P Deshpande told PTI from Port Blair.
MARCOS is a special operations unit of the Indian Navy which are trained to conduct highly specialised operations. They took the bomb to a beach, far away from the civilian population, where it was detonated using plastic explosives in a pit yesterday, the official said.
In 1942 during WWII, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were captured by the Japanese Forces but in 1945 these islands were again re-captured by British forces.