Six children were killed and five others injured in Uganda after an old explosive they found exploded.
The children collected the old bomb from the bushes as they were playing in northern Uganda yesterday.
Three children died straightaway while three others succumbed to injuries on their way to the hospital.
“The children were playing in the bushes on Tuesday afternoon when they came across an object, and it exploded as they were playing with it,” Josephine Angucia, a regional police spokeswoman said.
“Preliminary investigations suggest the explosion was from a hand grenade abandoned during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency that affected the West Nile region, and in particular, Adjumani which was greatly affected.”
Five children were seriously wounded and being treated at the district hospital, Angucia said.
The explosives are suspected to have remained when government forces were fighting rebels in the 1990s.
By JN Wamanji