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Minor explosion in n. Lebanon kills two children

File - A general view of Akkar, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: An explosion in north Lebanon killed two children and wounded five others Saturday, a security source told The Daily Star.

The two boys were identified as 9-year-old Mohammad Hasan Ahmad and Mohammad Suleiman al-Ali, 12, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

Fahd Ahmad, Abdallah Ahmad, Bahaa al-Ali, Majed al-Ali and Mohammad Balal Ragheb were wounded in the blast.

While playing in the backyard of Ali's house in the neighborhood of Hay al-Bahr along the road leading to the Qleiaat airport, a group of seven children found a naval mine on the beach, the source said, citing preliminary investigations.

One of the children most likely pulled the trigger on the mine, which led to its detonation, the source added.

The Lebanese Army dispatched a military bomb expert to inspect the naval mine, which is usually dropped in the waters to target boats.

Previous reports incorrectly stated that the explosion was a result of dynamite sticks.

The boys were transferred to Al-Kheir Hospital, with two remaining in critical condition, after their families pleaded with the Health Ministry to allow hospitals to admit the injured children.

 

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