3 workers hurt as WW2 bomb explodes at MRT project site


KUALA LUMPUR: Three Bangladeshi workers were seriously injured in an explosion at the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station construction site in Bandar Malaysia this evening.

City police later confirmed that the explosion was caused by a World War 2 era bomb.

“Investigations have determined that it was caused by an old bomb from World War 2.

“The bomb exploded suddenly during construction work,” said Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh.

According to a Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) source, the incident at 5pm caused two of the three workers to have their legs severed.

Another worker injured his hands and legs and the three were rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for treatment.

He said a total of 25 officers and personnel with five fire engines from the Hang Tuah, Pudu and Tun Razak stations went to the location.

A Bernama observation at the scene found a police Dog Unit team with a JBPM Hazardous Material (Hazmat) squad still at the location.

Bandar Malaysia South is one of the 11 underground stations under the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line (SSP). MMC-Gamuda KVMRT Sdn Bhd (MGKT) is the Underground Work Package contractor.