Six children have died while five others are nursing severe wounds they sustained after a grenade they were playing with exploded in Adjumani District.
The West Nile and North West Nile police Public Relations Officer, ASP Josephine Angucia, identifies the deceased as Joseph Otto, 6, James Drago, 9, Emmanuel Duku,7.
Others are Isaac Amaruma, 11, Thomas Edema, 10, and Justine Mandre, 14.
The injured include Jonathan Wani, 10, James Abao, 7, Dominic Andruga,14, and Joyce Bazio, 12.
Ms Angucia told Kazi-njema News that the incident took place at Maji 2 Refugee Settlement in Adjumani district yesterday (Wednesday).
“It is alleged that a group of children residing at Maji 2 Refugee Settlement went to the bush on a playing spree and picked up an object which they didn’t know properly and tried to cut it through using a Panga. Unfortunately, the object exploded, killing six of them and injuring five others,” Ms Angucia told our reporter.
The police officer added that on getting the information, the District Police Commander rushed to the scene where he found three children having died on the spot while others with serious injuries.
The injured were rushed to Maji Health Centre where three others died.
Ms Angucia says preliminary investigations show that the bomb could have been one of the many suspected to have been left behind in the bushes by former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in the area between 1980s and1990s.
“It is, therefore, important for members of the community and dealers in scrap metal business to guard against dealing with suspicious-looking metallic objects found in the bushes as they could be bombs. Parents and guardians should specifically advice their children not to play anyhow with such suspicious-looking metals in order to prevent such deadly incidences,” Ms Angucia advised.
Adding: “This also applies to areas which were formerly habouring rebels. They should instead inform the area authorities, police or army for proper management.”