8 Mar 2009

Deadly bomb used as anchor for boat

4:21 pm on 8 March 2009

A Malaysian fisherman has been using a deadly World War II bomb as an anchor for his boat.

The police made the shocking discovery during a routine patrol in a fishing village in the southern Johor state.

The fisherman had been using the bomb for several months and thought it was safe on account of its age, a local newspaper reported.

Police alerted the bomb squad, who removed the 160 millimetre device to be destroyed. Officers discovered eight similar bombs in the village.

"Bombs about the size of a small fire extinguisher were found behind a restaurant in the village," local police chief Abdul Aziz Ahmad said. "Unless the bombs are destroyed, they are considered still active and very dangerous," he warned.