At least 22 children are among the dozens of people killed and wounded after coming into contact with an explosive device that detonated during a recreational soccer game in Somalia on Friday, local authorities said.
Abdirahman Yusuf Al Adala, the governor of Janaale town in southern Somalia, said 27 people died and 53 others were hurt in the incident, official state media reported.
The children killed were all boys between the ages of 10 and 15, a local deputy district commissioner told China’s Xinhua News Agency.
The children were in the midst of playing soccer on an open public field in the village.
The unexploded ordnance was likely there as the result of years of fighting in the war-torn country, according to The Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian landmine clearance charity.