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Grenade Explosion Kills Two Children, Injures Two Others Critically

The deceased are Isaac Ogenrwot and Kwigiri, both 12-year old and residents of Abuka village. Ogenrwot reportedly died on the spot after the blast while Kwigiri succumbed to injuries while being rushed to Kitgum General Hospital.

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A grenade explosion in Abuka village in Palabek Gem Sub-county in Lamwo district has claimed the lives of two children and left two others nursing severe injuries.  

The deceased are Isaac Ogenrwot and Kwigiri, both 12-year old and residents of Abuka village. Ogenrwot reportedly died on the spot after the blast while Kwigiri succumbed to injuries while being rushed to Kitgum General Hospital.

The injured have been identified as 8-year-old Sunday Acellam and 11-year-old Okeny. The duo was admitted at Palabek Gem Health Center III for emergency treatment.

The Palabek Gem Sub County Chairperson, Patrick Olal says the minors were grazing animals when they landed on an explosive.

He says the children started playing with the explosive and hit on a rocky surface triggering and explosion.  

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Jimmy Patrick Okema, Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says investigations into the incident are ongoing to establish what could have happened.

Acholi Sub region, the epicenter of the two decades of fights between the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers, is still littered with thousands of unexploded ordinances that pose danger to lives of locals.



In the neighbouring Kitgum district in June this year, two children and their mother were injured after a stick grenade exploded in their home in Bobi B village in Ibakara parish, Kitgum Matidi Sub County. The stick grenade was reportedly picked by one of the minors.

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