THE 69-year-old Johannes Sheehama Hamukwaya was killed instantly earlier on Sunday morning when a device, believed to be an anti-tank mine left over from the war for the liberation of Namibia, exploded at the Ontanda ‘A’ village near Tsandi.
According to Inspector Linekela Shikongo, spokesperson of the Namibian Police in the Omusati Region the explosion occurred at about 07:30, near the deceased person’s homestead at in the Ontanda ‘A’ village.
“It is suspected that the explosive device went off while Hamukwaya was busy digging out an old tree stump which was on the side of the road near his homestead. The device, believed to be an anti-tank mine, exploded and killed the victim instantly,” said Shikongo, adding that the deceased person’s body was blown to pieces and that the tools that he was using were scattered over a wide area.
Shikongo said that it is suspected that the explosive device must have been placed near the tree during the time of the war. The village is in the same area where a former South African Defence Force was situated and the mine was buried there until it exploded earlier on Sunday.
Shikongo said police officers had to look for and collect the remains of the deceased person before they could take his body to the Okahao Police mortuary.