Six people have been killed in Katsina state after they came in contact with an explosive device.
Five other people reportedly became unconscious as a result of the blast.
The Police Command in Katsina State, on Saturday, said five children were killed in a suspected bomb explosion at a farm in Yammama village, Malumfashi Local Government area of the state.
A statement by the command Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, said that six other children were injured in the blast which occurred at about 11:30 am on Saturday.
“DPO Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard inside the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Maikwai.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO led Operation Puff Adder to the scene.
“The explosion killed five children that belonged to one Alhaji Adamu of Yammama village in Malumfashi local government area.
“It also injured six other children, who were sitting under the tree inside the farm,” he said.
The police spokesman added that the children went to the farm to cut grass for animals.
Isah said those injured have been taken to Malumfashi General Hospital for medical attention.
He revealed that the scene had been preserved, while detectives from Police EOD and CID are currently conducting investigation
Tragedy struck on Saturday in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State as suspected bomb blast killed no fewer than six children and left five others hospitalized in critical conditions.
A resident of Yammama, the affected community, who spoke on the condition of confidentiality, told our correspondent that the survivors of the explosion were rushed to Malumfashi General Hospital yesterday morning for treatment.
“The explosion led to the death of six children on the spot while others, who narrowly escaped death, had been hospitalized in Malumfashi,” he said.
The source also stated that the incident has left the entire Yammama village in shock and grief as at least five of the victims are said to be of the same parents.
Another source explained that many of the residents of the village were of the opinion that the enemy of the yet to be identified owner of the ill-fated farm where the incident occurred might have planted the explosives.
Our reporter learnt that the affected children were cutting grass in the said farm to feed their domestic animals when the disaster occurred in the early hours of Saturday.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah, could not be reached for comments as at press time yesterday however a source close to the command confirmed the incident, saying security operatives have drafted to condone off the farm and maintain the peace in the community as the police investigation is in progress.