Explosion kills British and Australian bomb disposal experts

The pair were working for Norwegian People’s Aid – an NGO which works to clear explosives left from the Second World War

By Tim Baker, news reporter

Two bomb disposal workers – one from the UK and one from Australia – have died after an explosion in the Solomon Islands.

Stephen “Luke” Atkinson and his Australian colleague Trent Lee worked for Norwegian People’s Aid, which helps remove undetonated ordinance left over from the Pacific front of the Second World War.

It has not been made clear if the pair were trying to defuse a device when they died on Sunday evening in the city of Honiara.

Two men – one from the UK and one from Australia – have died in an explosion in the Solomon Islands according to their employer.

The NPA – which has 1,850 “deminers” working across 19 countries – has suspended operations in the region while the investigation takes place.

Mr Atkinson and Mr Lee had been working on a project to create a database of leftover explosives on the islands.

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