Police in Adjumani District are investigating circumstances under which six children were killed and five others sustained grievous injuries after a bomb exploded at Maji ll Refugee Settlement.
SP Angucia Josephine, the Police West Nile/North West Nile Regional police spokesperson identified the deceased as; Joseph Otto, 6, Drago James, 9, Duku Emmanuel, 7, Amaruma Isaac, 11, Edema Thomas, 10, Mandre Justine, 14.
The five who sustained injuries include; Wani Jonathan, 10, Abao James, 7, Andruga Dominic, 14, Bazio Joyce, 12, and one who is yet to be identified. They are still receiving treatment at Adjumani Hospital
Police preliminary reports indicate that a group of children residing at Maji ll Refugee Settlement went to the bush on a playing spree and picked an object which they didn’t know properly, tried to cut it through using a panga knife, incidentally, the object exploded killing six of them and injuring five others. The incident happened at around 2 pm on Tuesday.
Police say three of the children died on spot while three others died from the hospital where they had been taken for treatment.
“Police observation indicates that these bombs could have been left behind in the bushes by Konyi rebels who infested the area in late the 1980s to early 90s as Adjumani District by then was one of the areas habouring the rebels. But then now, coupled with the burning of bushes in the dry spell, children are moving around the burnt bushes picking things anyhow for playing hence exposing them to such incidences,” Ms Angucia said.
She advised the members of the community and dealers in scrap metals to guard against dealing with suspiciously looking metallic objects found in the bushes as they could be bombs.
“Parents should specifically advise their children not to play with such suspicious metal objects in order to prevent such deadly incidences. This more so applies to areas that were formerly habouring rebels. They should instead inform the area authorities, police, or army for proper management,” Ms Angucia advised.