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September 13
13:07 2018
REPORTER: News Staff, -

The Ministry of National Security is trying to find out how a high-explosive weapon that has no ties to Belizean military or any of its allies ended up on a dredging barge in Caye Caulker.

Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, Retired Colonel George Lovell, explained that authorities have confirmed the 60 mm mortar round did not come from the Belize Defense Force armory, and is not a type of munition used by the BDF. Lovell added that authorities have also been able to confirm that the mortar round is not a type used by the British or United States military forces, both of which come to Belize to conduct training.

“It is a concern for the Ministry and we are doing all that we can to determine where it came from and who had it,” Lovell said. “No country can afford to have these kinds of things in the hands of criminal elements…”

On Thursday, August 30, at around 6:30 p.m. a watchman in Caye Caulker noticed a fire on a dredging barged some 300 meters off the northern end of the island. The crew of the barge, which had left an hour earlier returned and found the mortar in a bucket inside the engine room surrounded by burned clothing.

Police believe that the incinerated clothes were being uses in an attempt to detonate the mortar round and destroy the barge.

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