Tanzanian Schoolchildren

Six Tanzanian schoolchildren died, with twenty-five others seriously injured in an explosion at a school in the North Western part of the country.

The incident happened on Wednesday, November 8, as the pupils were reportedly playing with a device that is suspected to have been a grenade which they had found on the school premises.

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According to the British Broadcasting Service, three of the six Tanzanian schoolchildren were pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. The other three succumbed to their injuries as they were receiving treatment, said the doctor in charge at the Rulenge hospital, Sister Maria Goreth Fredricks to the BBC.

Tanzanian Schoolchildren

The school where the explosion occurred is in Kagera region near the border with Burundi.

Kagera regional police chief Augustine Orome said a security team had already been dispatched to the school.

Investigations have since been launched into the fatal incident. The security officials will also do a sweep of the area to remove any more possible explosive devices left in the area.

Kagera is known to host many refugees from neighboring Burundi, some of whom are ex-fighters from the 12-year civil war.

The civil war was the result of long-standing ethnic divisions between the Hutu and the Tutsi ethnic groups who were struggling for power.

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It began on October 21, 1993, when the country’s first democratically elected Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye, was assassinated by Tutsi extremists.

As a result of the assassination, violence broke out between the two groups, with an estimated number of 50,000 to 100,000 people dying within a year.

People in the area have over the years found numerous abandoned weapons, with security officials saying they are accustomed to such findings.

They also add that the region is a known transit point for arms.