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Nigeria / US Bomb Squad - 2002-02-28

American bomb disposal experts are set to begin detonating bombs that remain around the Lagos military barracks, that was rocked by deadly explosions last month. The 60 experts arrived on Wednesday with equipment for the job aboard a US military aircraft.

The January 27th blasts began after a fire in a nearby market spread to the munitions dump in Ikeja, a suburb of the commercial capital, Lagos. In the ensuing panic, about one thousand people fleeing the area lost their lives in a nearby canal.

Residents of the area are now being prepared psychologically for the clean-up; they’ve been told not to be alarmed when they hear explosions during the time of day when the detonations will take place.

In addition, movements will be restricted during the defusing of munitions in order to prevent injuries. The elimination of live bombs is expected to be completed in two months.