Hand grenade remnant explodes, injures 3 children in Abyei

Hand grenade

Community police in Agok, Abyei Administrative Area say a remnant of grenade has exploded, injuring injured 3 children.

The incident happened on Thursday while children were playing with in Mading-Jokthiang residential area.

Community police officer says the device was an old remnant of hand grenade from found at a previous military barrack. The victims are now admitted in MSF hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The children were allegedly playing with an old fuze assembly of the hand grenade. Fuze assembly is the device that causes the grenade to function by igniting or detonating the filler.

Anur Deng Magak, a community police officer says the children had lit the device with a lighter, igniting it to explode.

” It was a fuze of grenade because Madding-jokthiang was a military barrack long time ago. This fuze might be something that fell previously with out,” said Anur. 

Deng urges the community members to talk their children not to play with strange objects.  He appeals to the public to report objects believed to explosive such as grenade.

Abyei FM’s efforts to reach United nations Mine Action Service in Abyei for comments failed.

Even now that South Sudan is independent, landmines continue to hinder movement of investors and frighten returning refugees. In the 10 states of South Sudan mine-related injuries and deaths have been reported. As of 2011, according to the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre (UNMACC), there were a total of 1,243 injuries and 3,158 deaths from explosive ordinances.