14 December 2009

Somalia: Land Mine Explosion Kills Six Children of One Family

At least 6 children of one family haven been killed near Balanbal district in Galgudud region in central Somalia, official told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Hared Hassan Barre, the district commissioner of Balanbal district confirmed the deaths of the children to Shabelle radio by the phone saying that it was a land mine which buried under the ground of an area where about three kilometers to Balanbal district in Galgudud region.

The official said that the died children were 5 boys and a daughter who were all brothers that consisted only family adding that the explosion of the mine came as they were cooking food around the area it was buried in central Somalia.

Mr. Hared said in an interview with Shabelle radio that only the mother, father and their young son had remained from whole the family describing that they were a Somali pastoralists that saved from the droughts hit in the country.

"It was suppressible event that happened at a residence under Balanbal district. Six children had left their lives. Also some few goats and a donkey died in the explosion. We collected the heads of 4 of died children from different places. We missed the two others. We are now burying," said the commissioner.

"We had contacted with agencies and people involving the search of the land mines to help us solving the problems of mines, but we had never seen or got anyone who supported us searching the explosive things in the region," Mr. Hared said.

Most the Somali people in Galgudud region have expressed surprise about the shocking land mine explosion the left the lives of the six brothers with one family in region in central Somalia.

I was unclear the main reason of the land mine exposition except the heat of the area where the family was cooking food and it seemed that it was one the mines buried the country earlier in the period the war between Somalia and Ethiopian in 1977.

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