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3 Kenyan kids killed in old ordnance blast

2011-12-27 14:45

Nairobi - The accidental explosion of a suspected hand grenade likely left over from 2008 fighting in western Kenya's remote Mount Elgon region has killed three children, police said on Tuesday.

"Three children were killed... We suspect it is a grenade because of the nature of injuries sustained," said a police officer from the area, near the border with Uganda.

"We have been told they were playing with it," he added.

Regional police chief Francis Munyambu confirmed the incident but did not give details.

Police believe the grenade was dropped in 2008 during fighting sparked by a land dispute between the army and a local militia, the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF).

At the time, Human Rights Watch accused both the army and the militia of killing, torturing and raping civilians.