A Tsholotsho boy is fighting for his life in Tsholotsho District Hospital after a bomb he and his brother picked up exploded on them, police said on Sunday.
National Police Spokesman Paul Nyathi confirmed that the boys, a three-year-old toddler and his 12-year-old brother from Magotsha Line under Chief Ngqoya in Tsholotso District, Matabeleland North Province, were playing in the bush when they picked up the bomb.
He did not specify which of the boys was hospitalized.
“I can confirm that we are investigating a case of a bomb explosion which injured two minors, males aged three and 12. Tsholotsho Police have recorded an incident of a suspected explosion involving the two minors at the Magotsha line under Chief Ngqoya in Tsholotsho. The pair took a metal object from the bush and started playing with it before it exploded,” Nyathi said.
“One of the boys was lightly injured while the other was seriously injured in the stomach, face, thighs and hands as a result of the blast. We are still investigating to determine the nature and type of the injury. explosive,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Nyathi urged parents to supervise children when playing.
“Parents should always supervise children when playing. Boys are naturally very curious, they wander far from home, exploring,” he said.