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Children killed in southern Somalia blast

GARBAHAREY (SD – At least two children were killed and three others injured after unexploded ordinance exploded near El-Adde town, local authorities and al-Shabaab militant group confirmed Tuesday.

Ahmed Bulle Mahamed (Gared), Garbaharey district commissioner told the media that minors were ages 7 to 14, died when an explosive device [that] one of them was playing with exploded in an open field near their home.

The incident occurred on Monday evening in a village near El-Adde, a town is a small town located 550 kilometers (340 miles) from the capital Mogadishu.

“The children had found the unexploded ordnance (UXO) near their village and started playing with it but unfortunately, the remnant went off, killing two of the children and injuring three others,” Mohamed said.

Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab militant which controls the areas has blamed Kenyan government for blast, saying the remnants of bombs dropped by warplanes belonging to neighboring Kenya.

In 2016, heavily armed al-Shabaab fighters had stormed a military base belonging to Kenyan military serving under African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (Amisom), killing more than 200 soldiers and kidnapping over 30 others.

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