On 24 April the UNMIL Bangladeshi Multirole Engineer contingent safely destroyed an unexploded bomb in the vicinity of the United Methodist Hospital in Ganta in line with its peace keeping activities geared toward making Liberia safe for its citizens after the long civil crisis came to an end over 10 years ago.
The unexploded bomb was posing a great threat to the civilians, especially where medical activities are focused.
It was discovered buried, a result of the fighting between warring factions over the city of Ganta in 2003, which left almost the entire city destroyed.
Upon the discovery of the bomb by the hospital's gardeners, they immediately called upon the Bangladeshi who confirmed it to be a mortar shell.
Lt. Col. Mohammed Anwar Uddin, Contingent Commander of the Engineering Battalion, told this reporter that so far the Bangladesh Engineer Contingent in Ganta has disposed of 12 such unexploded bombs.
During the Liberian uprising in 2003, Ganta was heavily contested by warring factions loyal to former President Charles Taylor and that of the LURD forces, leaving several unexploded bombs across Ganta.
Since the war, people had been coming across these bombs in their localities, although no one has ever been harmed. Whenever it is discovered, the UNMIL Bangladeshi are called to dispose of them.
The UNMIL Bangladeshi Engineering Battalion is involved in a multi-role peace keeping duty which includes the rehabilitation of roads, repair of bridges and other engineering works as well as disposing of unexploded bombs.