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Grenade kills 3 children in Pader

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th January 2009 03:00 AM

THREE children died instantly last Thursday when a grenade they were playing with exploded. The incident took place at Lalworo-Dong in Pader district at about 7:00pm.

THREE children died instantly last Thursday when a grenade they were playing with exploded. The incident took place at Lalworo-Dong in Pader district at about 7:00pm.

By Chris Ocowun

THREE children died instantly last Thursday when a grenade they were playing with exploded. The incident took place at Lalworo-Dong in Pader district at about 7:00pm.

As a result of the 20-year LRA insurgency, many war materials and unexploded ordinances are scattered in parts of the north.

The resident district commissioner, Santo Okot Lapolo, confirmed the incident.

He said the Police is investigating where the grenade was got from.

He identified the dead as Richard Kilama, 7, Bosco Ongaya, 3, and Charles Omony, 6.

Lapolo said the children could have found the grenade abandoned in the nearby bush or they got it from their home.

“We have intensified the search for unexploded ordinances but some people are not wiling to reveal the whereabouts of these unexploded ordinances,” Lapolo said.

Local leaders in the district have called for a thorough clearing of villages where internally displaced people are returning to.

There have been reports of abandoned military weapons in former LRA hideouts and camps in the north.

The office of the Prime Minister with support from various agencies including the United Nations Development Program, the Danish Refugee Council de-mining team, World Vision and AVSI, an Italian humanitarian agency had developed a programme to de-mine northern Uganda before the IDPs could return to their villages.

Grenade kills 3 children in Pader

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