Three Children Killed Playing With Grenade In Pakistan

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Three children were killed and two others injured Wednesday when a grenade they found in a field exploded in northwest Pakistan, officials said. 

The four brothers and a neighbour were playing when they found the rusty grenade near a village on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.

“The children first played with it and later hit it with a stone causing it to explode,” Mansoor Aman, a local senior police official, told AFP.

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Local police official Aziz ur Rehman confirmed the casualties.

Accidents involving discarded ordinance are not uncommon in Pakistan’s northwest.

Old mortar, artillery shells, and other discarded ammunitions are often smuggled into the country from Afghanistan, some dating back to the Soviet war in the 1980s.

The area was also once a hub of anti-Taliban activities, with locals forming militias to fight against the insurgents.

Last year, five people were killed when a worker at a scrap metal shop tried to recycle an old mortar shell that exploded as he tampered with it.

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Katsina Explosion: Five Children Killed By Military Grenade – Police

In this photo released by the police, a healthcare worker attends to one of the victims injured in a bomb explosion in Katsina State which occurred on July 18, 2020.

 

The five children who lost their lives in a bomb explosion in Katsina State picked a military grenade and were fiddling with it.

This is according to an investigation conducted by the police into the incident which occurred on Saturday at Yammama, a village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.

The Public Relations Officer of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, disclosed the outcome of the investigation in a statement sent to Channels Television.

He noted that the investigation was conducted by detectives from the police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The trigger of the hand grenade said to have exploded at Yammawa village Katsina State on July 18, 2020.

 

‘Children Of One Person’

Earlier, residents told Channels Television that six people were feared killed in the incident with five others severely injured.

The police, however, put the death figure at five, adding that six others were wounded.

Confirming the incident in an earlier statement, Isah explained that the Division Police Officer in Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard from the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai at about 11:30am.

In this photo released by the police, one of the victims injured in a bomb explosion in Katsina State is receiving treatment on July 18, 2020.

 

He said the police officer swiftly led operatives of the Operation Puff Adder to the scene to ascertain the situation there.

The command’s spokesman confirmed that the five deceased victims were all “young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”

He added that all 11 children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed while the injured victims were immediately evacuated to the General Hospital in Malumfashi for treatment.

Isah said the scene of the incident has since been preserved by the police.

In this photo released by the police, a healthcare worker attends to another victim injured in a bomb explosion in Katsina State which occurred on July 18, 2020.

Grenade Blast Kills Five At Sudan Wedding

 

A grenade detonated by a member of Sudan’s security forces at a wedding party in the capital Khartoum killed himself and four other people, police said late Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether the detonation in the impoverished east Khartoum district of Haj Youssef was accidental or deliberate.

The health ministry said 40 people attending the marriage were also injured.

The security situation in the capital remains fragile after last year’s uprising that led to the ouster of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April following months of protests against his rule.

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Foreign National Killed As UN Vehicle Hit In Kabul Blast

 

A foreign national was killed and at least five other people wounded in a grenade attack on a United Nations vehicle in Kabul on Sunday, an Afghan official said.

The attack happened on a road frequently used by UN traffic shuttling workers between central Kabul and a large UN compound on the outskirts of the capital.

“At around 6:20 pm (1350 GMT) a grenade was hurled at a UN vehicle,” interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

Aside from the one fatality, Rahimi said five other people — including two Afghan staff — were wounded. The nationalities of the other victims were not released.

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A UN official did not immediately return a message seeking comment, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast comes during what has been a period of relative and uneasy calm in Kabul, where large-scale attacks have dropped over recent weeks.

The comparative lull followed a blood-stained presidential campaign season that ended with a general election nearly two months ago.

But Afghans are still waiting for the results of that September 28 poll, with a recount bogged down by various technical difficulties and complaints from main candidates.

Additionally, Afghans are waiting to see what might happen next in negotiations between the Taliban and the US.

President Donald Trump in September ended those yearlong talks as Taliban violence continued, but on Friday he suggested to US broadcaster Fox News that negotiations could be getting underway again.

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Grenade Attack In India’s Jammu Injures 18: Police

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Eighteen people were injured on Thursday when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in the Indian city of Jammu, in the restive state of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

The blast comes amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan after 40 Indian troops were killed on February 14 in the part of Kashmir that New Delhi controls, sparking the biggest standoff between the countries in years.

“It seems that the grenade was lobbed from outside (the premises) and it rolled under the bus and caused injuries to approximately 18 people,” police official MK Sinha told journalists.

“A grenade was hurled by an unidentified person which exploded under a bus in the main terminal. Four people are critical,” a second police officer told AFP.

“The bus was about to leave to Pathankot city in Punjab.”

Purported videos of the incident circulating on social media showed injured people lying on the ground with locals trying to help them.

The February 14 suicide bombing was the deadliest attack in Kashmir on Indian forces in a 30-year insurgency by militants wanting independence or to be part of Pakistan in which tens of thousands have died.

India has long accused Islamabad of supporting the insurgents and the attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a militant group based in Pakistan.

In response, India said it carried out on February 26 air strikes on what it called a JeM training camp at Balakot inside Pakistan.

Vijay Keshav Gokhale, Indian foreign secretary, said that “a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated”.

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The Pakistani government said that no sites or targets had been hit, and on February 27 Islamabad launched its own air strike.

In an ensuing dogfight, at least one Indian aircraft was shot down and the pilot captured by Pakistan.

As fears rose that the two nuclear-armed nations might enter their fourth war, Pakistan released the pilot in what it called a “gesture of peace”.

This helped ease tensions, although both countries have continued to fire artillery and mortars over their de-facto border, the Line of Control, killing civilians on both sides.

Indian forces have also fought gun battles with militants and arrested hundreds of people.

Hindu-dominated

Jammu is largely a Hindu-dominated area of the disputed Himalayan region that is ruled by India and Pakistan in parts but claimed by both.

Jammu has witnessed several incidents of militant attacks in the past despite little to no support to armed rebels that enjoy widespread public backing in the Kashmir region.

Most of the attacks have been targeted at military installations, including a strike by militants of JeM on an army base in Sunjuwan area in February 2018 that left 11 people dead, including six soldiers and four attackers.

Police suggested that the blast could be aimed at fomenting tensions between different communities in Jammu city, home to around half a million people.

Indian police imposed a curfew for several days in Jammu in the wake of the February 14 attack after mobs attacked and set fire to properties belonging to Kashmiri Muslims.

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Zimbabwean President Blames Rally Blast On Grenade

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a ruling ZANU-PF party rally in Bulawayo on June 23, 2018, as he campaigns for votes ahead of nationwide elections due on July 30. 
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Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa has said a hand grenade was to blame for the election rally blast that killed two people last week, state media reported Friday.

Mnangagwa, 75, narrowly avoided the explosion, which came weeks before the election on July 30, the first poll since the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.

“You might be aware about the events that took place Saturday when a hand grenade was thrown at me. But since you see me here that means I am now fine,” Mnangagwa who was in Tanzania on a two-day visit was quoted as saying by the Herald newspaper.

“That was a minor incident, we are going to proceed with elections,” he added.

The paper reported that Vice President Kembo Mohadi and Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, who were injured in the blast, have been transferred to a hospital in South Africa. Their condition is described as stable.

Investigations are underway into the blast, but security agencies have declined to say if any arrests have been made.

Mnangagwa, who took power from Mugabe last November after a brief military take-over, has accused aggrieved supporters of Mugabe’s wife Grace of being behind the attack.

About 50 people were injured in the blast which occurred as Mnangagwa left the podium after addressing supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF party in Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city.

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Nigeria, British Military Collaborating To End Insurgency

trainingThe Nigerian army in conjunction with the British Military Advisory and Training Team has been brainstorming on ways to bring an end to the Boko  Haram insurgency in the country.

Even as the fuel scarcity bites, the war against the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east continues.

At a session held at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Kaduna State, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah stressed the need for continuous training and re-training of army personnel to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.

The Nigerian Army has recorded a lot of success in recent weeks against the insurgents, capturing more towns from the terrorists.

The Defence Headquarters last week said troops flushed out Boko Haram terrorists from Gulag, Madagali Local Government Area in Adamawa State and Bara in Gulani LGA in neighbouring Yobe State.

“Troops have finally routed terrorists from Bara, the Headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State and Gulag, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State in the early hours of today, Friday”.

“The fierce fighting that preceded the clearing of towns and other communities resulted in appreciable casualties on the terrorists, the capture of some of them, the recovery and destruction of arms, thousands of assorted rounds ammunition as well as vehicles and other equipment including; Anti-Aircraft Guns, General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Grenades, Multi-barrel bombs, Multi-barrel Grenade Launchers, rifles and mortar guns,” a spokesman for the military, Major General, Chris Olukolade, said in a statement.

Other locations also cleared in the course of the two days operation include, Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa.