Grenade explodes killing nine people after 10-year-old mistook it for metal scrap

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A grenade explosion at the Nigeria-Cameroon border has killed a total of 9 people and wounded 26 others, ABC News can report.

Reports say the grenade was picked up by a child from a bin and exploded killing the child and 8 others.

Twenty-six others were also wounded in the blast. The child, who is believed to be under 10, mistook the grenade for scrap metal which he intended to sell.

Though it is unclear who left the grenade in the bin, officials suspect a possible attack from an Islamic group as the area has been hit by an Islamist insurgency in recent months.

The governor of Cameroon’s Far North Region, Midjinyawa Bakary, told reporters that the grenade exploded late on Monday on a busy bridge linking the Nigerian town of Gamborou to the Cameroonian town of Fotokol.

He opined that all the dead were Nigerians, while the wounded included nationals from both countries.

The injured are, however, receiving treatment at the hospital.


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