Business Daily (Kenya) - - THE WEEKENDER -

At least six chil­dren have been killed and 25 oth­ers in­jured in an ex­plo­sion at a pri­mary school in north-west Tan­za­nia, wit­nesses say.

Re­ports say the pupils were play­ing with a grenade they had found.

Three were pro­nounced dead at the time they ar­rived at hos­pi­tal. The oth­ers suc­cumbed to their wounds, Ru­lenge hos­pi­tal’s doc­tor in charge, Sis­ter Maria Goreth Fredricks, told the BBC. The school is in Kagera re­gion near the bor­der with Bu­rundi. The BBC’S Leonard Mubali in Tan­za­nia re­ports that the re­gion hosts refugees from neigh­bour­ing Bu­rundi, some of them ex-sol­diers, who could have aban­doned their weapons in the area.

He says that the de­vice that ex­ploded is likely to be a grenade.

Kagera re­gional po­lice chief Au­gus­tine Orome said a se­cu­rity team had been dis­patched to the school in Ki­hinga vil­lage.

Our re­porter adds that the re­gion is also a tran­sit point for arms and it is not un­com­mon for res­i­dents to come across weapons.

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