Guwahati: Three children were killed when a used shell they collected from an Army firing range exploded in the Chirang village of Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw district on Saturday evening.

The deceased children have been identified as Anisha Kong (10), Riya Kong (8) and Uman Kong (2).

Anjaw district SP Habung Hailyang said, “Since the village is near an Army firing range, villagers used to collect used shells and store them at their houses. They melt the shells and extract the aluminium to use it for other purposes. Unfortunately, the shell that the kids collected on Saturday was an unused explosive which went off later.”

Meanwhile, the police have lodged an FIR under Section 174 of the CrPC for ‘unnatural death’ following the blast.

The SP also said that a bomb disposal squad was called to investigate into the blast. The police will submit a report after an inquiry.

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