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Grenade explodes injuring herder in Ijara

An unused hand grenade exploded and seriously injured a herdsman who had mistakenly thought it was a ball and started playing with the foreign object at Dubandubesa area of Masalani town, in Ijara Garissa County.

Confirming the incident Ijara Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Willy Cheboi said the 20 years old herdsman Jabir Mohamed Wario, from Fanjua, Galole Sub County in Tana River County while herding goats came across a ball like object and began playing with it before it exploded causing him multiple injuries.

“The victim was rushed to Masalani Sub County Hospital for treatment where he is in stable condition,” said Mr Cheboi.

It is believed that the object was an unexploded grenade used by Kenya Defence Forces who were guarding a telecommunication mast in Dubandubesa area.

Mr Cheboi called on the area Chief and their assistants to educate the public on effect of an unused explosives.

He at same time warned security personnel to keep their inventory intact to avoid such incidents from reoccurring.

The herdsman Mr Wario is currently recovering at Masalani Sub-County Referral Hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

It is common for the Special Forces and armed security teams to forget an unused explosives during operations in the region.

By Mohamed Dahir

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