ARUA – A grenade blast at a refugee camp in northern Uganda’s Adjumani district has killed at least three South Sudanese refugee children including a six-year-old child, according to Ugandan police authorities.
West Nile police spokesman Josephine Angucia said the incident occurred at two refugee settlements when children were played with what would become an unexploded grenade.
“There was indeed a grenade accident at Maaji II Refugee Settlement in Adjumani district. This accident occurred when a group of children residing at Maaji II Refugee Settlement went to the bush on a playing spree in the process they come across a metal which they didn’t know properly and tried to cut it through using a Panga,” she said.
“In the process, the metal exploded killing six of them and injuring five,” she added.
The police spokesman identified, Eye Radio reported, those who died as Joseph Otto, 6, James Drago, 9, Emmanuel Duku 7, Isaac Amaruma 11, Thomas Edema 10, and Justine Mandre aged 14.
Those injured were identified as Jonathan Wani, 10, James Abao 7, Dominic Andruga, 14 and Joyce Bazio, 12 years.