An old explosive device – believed to have been left from a decade-long Maoist insurgency – has killed four children in a remote mountain village in Nepal.
The children, aged between five and 13, found it in a jungle and were playing with it when it exploded, government administrator Navaraj Sharma said.
Police official Shanta Kumar added: “It may have been abandoned during the conflict.”
Government investigators travelled to the village in Rolpa district but were unable to retrieve the bodies because of safety concerns.
There were angry protests in the village following the deaths.
Nepal’s communist insurgency began in 1996 and ended a decade later after the rebels entered a United Nations-monitored peace process.
Some 17,000 people are believed to have been killed in the fighting.
Rolpa district, located 250 miles (400km) west of Kathmandu, was the rebel stronghold during the fighting
The former rebels are now part of the ruling Nepal Communist Party.
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