MINGORA: At least five children were injured when an ‘old’ hand grenade went off during recess near a private school in Shamozai area of Swat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Wednesday.
The children were playing near a pile of mud when the grenade buried near an under-construction detonated, police officials said.
The children were shifted to Saidu Sharif hospital for immediate treatment. According to the hospital staff, the children were aged between seven and 10.
Police and security personnel cordoned the area and began a search operation.
There have been numerous instances of explosives injuring children in areas that have been cleared of militants.
In May, around 10 people were injured in five low-intensity bomb blasts in different areas of Shabqadar in Charsadda tehsil. Most of the people injured in the blasts were women and children.
One of them took place outside a school in the Zarif Kor area, injuring a watchman and damaging the school’s gate, which prompted the authorities to shut it down.