Six children from the same family have been killed and another was injured after a hand grenade they mistook for a toy exploded in Pakistan. The children, aged five to 12, were playing near their home in the town of Hangu, in the north west of the country, when the grenade they were playing with blew up, officials said.
'Five boys and one girl were killed in the blast. One other child was injured,' said Iftikhar Ahmed, the district police chief. Another child was injured.
Syed Ahmed Jan, a senior local administration official, added: 'The children were playing with a hand grenade they found on nearby open ground.'
Local police official Hussain Badshah said the girl and three of the boys were siblings, while the two other boys were their cousins.
The family had migrated from the neighbouring Orakzai tribal agency where the military is battling the Taliban.
The explosion happened in Babar Mela, about three miles from Hangu, a troubled district bordering Pakistan's tribal regions.
The area is rife with violence and tensions between Shia and Sunni Muslims.