Nine Iraqi Children Killed In Explosion
Thursday 15 May 2003
Nine Iraqi children were killed and seven wounded in the south of the country when unexploded ordnance they were playing with detonated, a UN spokesman says.
"Nine children were killed and seven were injured in Missan governorate on Monday when they were playing with unexploded ordnance," David Wimhurst told a press conference in Basra.
"This tragedy highlights the terrible danger that unexploded ordnance represents all around Iraq," Mr Wimhurst said.
Kathryn Irwin, a spokeswoman for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), says the ordnance that exploded was an Iraqi rocket.
"There are thousands of stockpiles of weapons in Iraq."