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Wartime Grenade Blast Kills Bosnian Boy

A ten-year-old Bosnian boy was killed when a grenade left over from the 1990s war exploded near Sarajevo, also seriously injuring four other boys.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

Sarajevo police said that a ten-year-old boy was killed when an old grenade exploded in Hadzici near Sarajevo in Sunday, while four other boys, aged from 12 to 14, were hospitalised by the blast.

According to witnesses, the boys found the grenade in nearby woods and tried to disassemble it, causing it to explode.

The youngest boy was killed directly by the explosion while four others received injuries that required urgent hospital treatment.

The tragedy happened in the yard of a family house while all the adults were inside and the boys were out playing.

According to the Bosnian Mine Action Centre, it is believed that there are still unexploded devices on 2.5 per cent of the total territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17 years after the 1992-95 war, with a total of some 120,000 potentially deadly mines remaining.

Since 1992, around 8,000 people have been killed or injured by mines - 6,000 of them during the war, but almost 2,000 afterwards, of whom around 600 have died.

Mine explosions are most commonly caused by people ignoring warning signs, for example when cutting wood in forests.

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