Five children killed by grenade they were playing with in Borno

Five children killed by grenade they were playing with in Borno

August 14, 2021 0 By Essence Media


Five children were killed when a disused grenade they were playing with exploded in Ngala, a community in Borno state on Friday, August 13.

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According to militiamen in the community, the grenade exploded in the hands of the children while they were playing with it.

“The five children picked up the explosive while herding in a field outside the town and it exploded in their hands as they were playing with it. Two of them died on the spot while the other three died in hospital in Mada, inside Cameroo” anti-jihadist militiaman Umar Kachalla told AFP

Another militiaman, Umar Ari, confirmed the incident.

The Nigerian military is yet to react to the development.

In December 2019, nine people were killed and 26 injured when an explosive device went off on a crowded bridge linking Gamboru and Fotokol.

Residents blamed the explosion on a grenade disguised as a toy that, they said, had been given to some children as a gift by a Boko Haram insurgent.