Explosion kills two children in Adamawa

Two children lost their lives while five others were injured in an explosion in Fadaman-Rake village, Adamawa state, on Thursday.

According to NAN, Haliru Lala, chairman of Hong local government, on Friday confirmed the incident.

He said that some children playing by the roadside were given a polythene bag containing explosives, which was later detonated by an unknown person passing by in a car.

“In all, seven of them were affected; two died on the spot, four are on admission while one sustained minor injury and has been treated,” he said.

The chairman expressed the concern of the council over the incident suspected to be the work of insurgents.

He said that the council had, therefore, directed the mobilisation committee to commence mass enlightenment on the need for parents to caution their children against accepting parcels and gifts from strangers.

In another account, a resident of the village who simply identified himself as Adamu said that the strangers who gave the bag to the children were riding in a Toyota Starlet car.

“They gave one of the children the bag and told him that it was sent by his father to take home,” said Adamu.

“While taking it home with his friends, the curious boys, most of them between six and seven years, decided to open the bag before reaching home and it exploded,” Adamu said.

Othman Abubakar, the spokesperson of the police command in Adamawa, has also confirmed the incident.