Two cattle herders survive mortar explosion near Okahandja
31 Jul 2015 09:10am
OTJIWARONGO, 31 JUL (NAMPA) A 27-year-old man lost both his legs and another man was seriously injured in both legs after one of them hit a 60mm mortar against a rock near Okahandja on Thursday.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Friday that the two young men, aged 27 and 21, were looking after cattle at the Okantjongoro Reserve Post along the road to Ovitoto, some 10 kilometres east of Okahandja.
It is alleged that one of them picked up the unexploded 60 millimetres (mm) mortar suspected to be of South African origin.
Mbeha said the victims unknowingly hit it on a rock and it exploded.
They survived the explosion and were taken to the Okahandja State Hospital and later to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the capital, she said.
The two men were both able to talk after the incident.
Upon inspecting the area, another live 60 mm mortar was found lying next to where the incident took place, and the area has been declared unsafe by the police.
The unexploded ordinance will be detonated on Friday.
Mbeha is now calling on community members in and around the Okantjongoro Reserve Post not to touch objects they are not sure of, and to report it to the nearest police station.
Police investigations continue.