A teenager, Luke Stillman from Northamptonshire in Britain had his fingertips blown off and suffered burn injuries when the Spanish 81mm mortar he had ordered online exploded in his arms. The bomb which was thought to be inert was in fact alive. He was dismantling the device which he had ordered online when the metal detonator has exploded in his hands. As a result he has lost the tip of his thumb and the pad in his index finger.
It is legal to sell inert bombs but investigations are underway as to how an active bomb was sent to a customer. It was sold by the Specialist Auction website which is similar to ebay and was delivered by Royal mail. It has been bought for £36 and since this incident the vendor has been banned from trading on the Specialist Auction website.
Luke has been collecting war memorabilia for over a year and has a collection of several grenade and bullets all of which are de activated and is a member of the Air Training Corps.
In the aftermath of the earthquake in Eastern Turkey that measured 5.6 on the Richter scale, officials have announced that 38 have died while 26 people have been rescued. However, this only adds to the gloom that surrounds the fate of survivors in the Van region.
According to Cezmi Fazla, a survivor, “It’s not possible for us to survive the winter here. The Van winter is very cold and there’s a lot of snow. Living in these shelters is impossible. We haven’t gotten any aid.”
To add to the mayhem, most Kurdish residents that are in a bad situation blame the government for only helping their political supporters while also pointing out that the people of Turkey have been the reason why they have been able to live through another devastating earthquake.
The 7.2 earthquake which hit Van in the previous month claimed its latest victims as two journalists that traveled to cover that incident perished in their rooms at the Bayram Hotel during this one. A Japanese volunteer who was helping in rescue efforts in Van due to the previous earthquake also suffered the same fate.
Their conditions have worsened due to the continuous rain, snow and cold which their outdoor tents and makeshift shelters (some made of plywood and Styrofoam) can hardly withstand, leading to a riot which demanded the resignation of the Van governor.
Most residents believe that the government has downplayed the magnitude of the earthquake which has been measured at 5.6 units, and has hit the region that was devastated by a much-larger earthquake where 604 people died.