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Hand Held Grenade Kills Soldier, Two Others


A soldier and two other people were reportedly killed on Saturday when a hand-held grenade exploded at Bari village, Bangi Local Government Area of Niger State.
According to Bala Elkalla, spokesman of the Niger State Police Command, the explosive also injured four other villagers.
Elkalla said the soldier, who is serving in Maiduguri, Borno State, obtained permission to travel to his village and was with his relations when the tragedy struck.
“The soldier, who is a private in the Nigeria Army, was demonstrating how the army successfully captured sambisa forest when the grenade exploded and killed him and two onlookers on the spot,” he said.
The police official said the anti-bomb unit of the command had been drafted to the village and the resident of the late soldier to conduct a search “just in case there are more explosives”.
“It was not an attack; it was purely an accident. Normalcy has since returned to the village,” he said.

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