Three children killed, four injured in Taraba gun accident –Police

The Didango Geita community in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State was thrown into mourning on Saturday after three children were killed in a gun accident.

Four other children were also injured in the sad incident.

The state commissioner of police, David Iloyonomon, in a statement issued in Jalingo on Sunday, dismissed a speculation that the children died from an explosion of a dynamite.

“The three children that died were playing with a dane gun on a tree, whose gunpowder later exploded and killed them,” the police chief said

According to him, four other children who were playing under the tree were injured with one receiving treatment at the state’s specialist hospital in Jalingo, the state capital.

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“Further findings by the E.O.D unit revealed that the three pallets recovered are used in conjunction with gun powder to prepare ammunition for dane guns.

“Thereafter we went to further interview Audu who reported the incident to the police. He revealed that the three children that died were the ones on top of the tree while in the farm, while the other four that were on the ground sustained injuries and that’s a very clear evidence to show that it is not an IED explosion, because if it were to be IED or dynamite explosion, those children on the ground and on the tree would have been shattered beyond recognition,” Mr Iloyomon said.

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He said the first named victim was the son of the man who reported the incident.

The police chief also named the injured victims as two seven year olds and two eight year olds.


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