Three children were killed and two others critically injured in Swat after a mortar shell they were playing with exploded.
The incident took place in the Arkot Village in the Mata tehsil. The children were playing with an old mortar shell in a field when it suddenly exploded. They thought it was a toy.
Nine-year-old Anas, seven-year-old Sadesh and five-year-old Mohammad Umar were killed while Nizamuddin and Hasnain were critically injured. All five children are from the same family and were taken to the Mata Hospital.
The police have begun their investigation into the case but this is not an isolated incident. These children are the latest in a long line of people who have fallen prey to the remnants of war and the dirty tactics of militants.
These explosives are littered across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and former Fata. In May 2017, a girl and her mother were killed when children accidentally pulled the pin of a grenade in Upper Dir. The children had found the live grenade on the street and brought it home believing that it was a toy.
In an incident in Mohmand on Sept 20, five siblings were injured while playing with what they thought was a toy in a scrap heap. They were between three and 13 years old.
“They use cars, planes and thermoses. The kids don’t know what is in it. They pick them up and mess with them. And this is when the damage is done,” says Ziauddin, the deputy in-charge of the Bomb Disposal Unit in Lakki Marwat.