22 Apr 2014

Unexploded bomb found in Nauru detention centre

3:27 pm on 22 April 2014

An unexploded bomb has been found in Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru, in an area where children, pregnant women and families are detained.

The Guardian newspaper reports that internal emails obtained from the centre say an artillery shell was uncovered in heavy rain last week, next to a tent that serves as a primary school for asylum seeker children.

The shell, left over from the Second World War, was found on April the 15th and subsequently removed.

The emails said the likelihood of the bomb detonating was very slim, but does raise concerns that the site was not properly assessed for unexploded ordnance before asylum seekers were transferred to the site.