SIX CHILDREN KILLED AND FIVE OTHERS INJURED IN NORTHERN UGANDA AFTER AN OLD EXPLOSIVE THEY FOUND IN THE BUSH AS THEY PLAYED WITH IT
Written by miebaka ikiriko on February 19, 2021
Six children were killed and five others injured in northwest Uganda after an old explosive they found in the bushes detonated as they played with it.
Three children died instantly, while three others succumbed to injuries enroute to the hospital in Adjumani, a district of the West Nile region that witnessed years of conflict and insurgencies.
Preliminary investigations suggest the explosion was from a hand grenade abandoned during the lord’s resistance Army, LRA insurgency that affected West Nile region and in particular Adjumani which was greatly affected.
Reports say five children were seriously wounded and being treated at the district hospital
Police spokeswoman said it was the second fatal accident in Adjumani in less than two weeks involving leftover explosion killing two people.
In the 1990’s government forces battled rebels from the West Nile Bank front and the LRA across Northern Uganda with civilians suffering a horrific toll
The West Nile Bank frost was crushed by the end of the decade, but the LRA survived continuing its bloody rebellion against President Yoweri Museveni until being forced out of Uganda in 2006.