Hand Grenade Kills Two Boy's Who Mistook It For Toy

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Police in Isiolo are investigating the source of a hand grenade that exploded and killed two boys who were playing with the device after mistaking it for a football.

The boys, aged seven and eight, died after the grenade exploded outside a home in Matarba village, Merti Sub-County, Isiolo.

One of the boys died on the spot while the other, who had been injured, succumbed while being rushed to hospital for treatment.

Police reports indicate the boys were playing outside the home of Dabaso Huka Golicha when the explosive, which they mistook for a ball, went off around 5pm on Tuesday.

It, however, remains unclear whether the children collected the device by the roadside and carried it to the home or it had been placed there targeting Mr Huka’s family.

Preliminary investigations show that the device could have been a hand grenade as pellet holes on some containers in the homestead and iron sheets were recovered near the boy’s body by the officers who visited the crime scene.

Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said investigations were ongoing to establish where the grenade came from.He asked the public to be alert and inform police when they come across suspicious devices for action to prevent deaths.

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