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).
‘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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
“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.