NEW IRELAND ASKS U.S. TO CLEAR WORLD WAR II AMMUNITION

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 2, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Police in the Papua New Guinea island province of New Ireland have called on the U.S. to clean up abandoned World War II ammunition, after a young girl was killed by an exploding bullet.

The eight-year-old girl was killed on Sunday on Emirau Island, part of the St. Matthias group in New Ireland province.

Chief Inspector Ari said the girl and members of her family were cooking in a traditional earth oven when bullets buried near the oven exploded.

He said Emirau Island was used as an American military base during World War II, but when the Americans left, there was no clean up operation.

Inspector Ari said the Americans should at least have maps showing precisely where the ammunition had been abandoned, although no one knows precisely how much is still there.

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