9 November 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
No fewer than six children have been reported dead and 25 others injured in an explosion at a primary school in north-west Tanzania, report says.
It was gathered that the pupils were playing with a device they had found which was likely a grenade.
The doctor in charge of Rulenge Hospital, where the children were rushed to, Sister Maria Goreth Fredricks, told the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, that three of the pupils were pronounced dead at the time they arrived at the hospital while others succumbed to their wounds.
The school is in Kagera region near the border with Burundi. The region has been known to host refugees from neighbouring Burundi, some of them ex-soldiers, who could have abandoned their weapons in the area. The region is also a transit point for arms and it is not uncommon for residents to come across weapons.
Chief Augustine Orome Kagera, a regional police officer said a security team had been dispatched to the school in Kihinga village.