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Boy dies in bomb blast in North Darfur

August 4 - 2015 TABIT
An unexploded bomb (file photo)
An unexploded bomb (file photo)

A boy died and his brother was injured when an unexploded remnant of war detonated at a farm near Tabit in North Darfur on Sunday.

A family member told Radio Dabanga that the explosion in Hillet Ahmed, 6 km south of Tabit, occurred while the children were working the farm with a plough drawn by a donkey. It collided with an item of ordnance which exploded. The 14-year-old boy and the donkey were killed. His brother sustained serious injuries and has been transferred to the hospital in El Fasher for treatment.

In a second incident, also in the vicinity of Tabit on Monday, a woman was robbed of seven donkeys which belong to farmers from Dolma village (15 km west of Tabit). She reported that an armed gang took the donkeys.

Years of conflict have left Darfur littered with potentially deadly explosives and munitions (UXO). Radio Dabanga appeals to listeners throughout Darfur (and elsewhere in our reception area) not to touch any ‘unexploded’ grenades or other ammunition found in the field. Mark its position clearly to alert others, and report it immediately to a camp elder, Unamid and/or the local police.

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