Five children were killed in Ngala, a community in Borno state near the border with Cameroon on Friday, August 13, after a disused grenade detonated as they played with it, militiamen told AFP Friday.
Two children died instantly while the three others died in hospital in Mada, inside Cameroon.
“The five children picked up the explosive while herding in a field outside the town and it exploded in their hands as they were playing with it,” anti-jihadist militiaman Umar Kachalla told AFP.
“Two of them died on the spot while the other three died in hospital in Mada, inside Cameroon,” he added.
Another militiaman, Umar Ari, confirmed the incident, which happened on Thursday.
Channels TV reported, nine people were killed and 26 injured when an explosive device went off on a crowded bridge linking Gamboru and Fotokol in December 2019.
Residents blamed the explosion on a grenade disguised as a toy that, they said, had been given to some children as a gift by a Boko Haram insurgent.