A device suspected to be a bomb has exploded and killed six children at Yammawa village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina state.
The incident, which occurred Saturday morning, also knocked five others unconscious.
VIictms of the blast were taken to the Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment.
Sources said the victims were at a farmland gathering grasses meant for feeding domestic animals when the device exploded.
A source, who asked not to have his name in print, said the device that exploded might have been meant for the owner of the farmland.
He said security operatives cordoned off the area shortly after the incident and kept curious onlookers from going close to the area.
The source said bodies of the children and the rest of the victims were not immediately evacuated as efforts were made to ensure another explosive device was not lying somewhere close.
Spokesperson of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident.
According to him, “Today being 18/07/2020 (at) about 11:30hrs, DPO Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard inside the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO led Operation Puff Adder to the scene where there was a suspected case of bomb explosion, which killed five young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina state.
“The explosion also injured six other children who were sitting under the tree inside (on) the farm.
“The children were said to be there to cut grasses for animals’ feed.
“The injured children have been evacuated to Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment.
“(The) Scene has been preserved while detectives from EOD and CID are presently conducting their investigations.”