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Bomb kills cattle herder in Omusati

Bomb kills cattle herder in Omusati

Placido Hilukilwa

THE decomposed body of Tamekeni Tamekeni, a male cattle herder of unknown age who went missing near Ruacana in the Omusati Region last week, was discovered in the field by fellow herders Wednesday afternoon.

He was apparently killed in a blast of explosive ordnance, a remnant of a war that ended 33 years ago.

The deceased was a cattle herder at a cattle post in the Okapuindja village, Ruacana Constituency.

According to the police, Tamekeni Tamekeni was last seen alive in the morning of 20 June when he walked from the cattle post to cut poles in the field.

He was never reported to the police as a missing person.

Preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased cut down a big tree that fell on unexploded ordnance and the resultant blast killed him instantly.

According to the police, the body is currently kept at the Oshifo and will later be transported to the Okahao town for a post-mortem examination.

Landmines and unexploded ordnance dating from Namibia’s 23-year-long armed liberation struggle still pose danger to life in the northern rural areas.

File photo for illustrative purposes only.

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