Cops probe Sem­phetenyane ex­plo­sion

…as child bat­tles for life in hos­pi­tal

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

ONE of the two chil­dren in­jured when a sus­pected grenade ex­ploded as they played with the de­vice in Sem­phetenyane vil­lage last Satur­day, re­mains crit­i­cal but sta­ble in Queen ‘Mamo­hato Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit.

Kopar­ala Mothae (12) and Teboho Leuta (15) are said to have picked up the “toy” at a dump­site in their vil­lage last De­cem­ber and had been play­ing with it all along — only for the de­vice to ex­plode on Satur­day at around 3pm, leav­ing both crit­i­cally in­jured.

Queen ‘Mamo­hato Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (Tše­pong) spokesper­son, Lim­pho Seeiso yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times that one of the chil­dren was dis­charged on Mon­day, while the other re­mains in the ICU as doc­tors battle to save his life.

“The two chil­dren were ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tal on Satur­day, and one of them was un­con­scious at the time. How­ever, the other boy was dis­charged on Mon­day, while the sec­ond etenyane Pri­mary where the chil­dren at­tend school — said the in­ci­dent had left “ev­ery­one” in a state of shock.

“We were told that the two were col­lect­ing garbage at a dump­site near their vil­lage when they found the de­vice. We are all in shock be­cause of this in­ci­dent, and pray that both chil­dren will fully re­cover; they are in our prayers ev­ery sin­gle day,” said Ms Phethane.

On his part, po­lice spokesper­son, Clif­ford Molefe said the in­ci­dent was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We have not es­tab­lished what re­ally hap­pened although the chil­dren’s par­ents have said a de­vice the boys were play­ing with ex­ploded when one of the kids pulled what looked like a trig­ger.

“We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and can­not say what hap­pened at this point,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

He con­firmed in ad­di­tion to in­jur­ing the kids, the blast had de­stroyed win­dows, door­frames and the roof of the home near where the chil­dren had been play­ing.

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