Togolese army confirmed the death of seven children in an explosion at Margba, a small village in the Savannah region, northern Togo.
According to the army, the children were on their way home from the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha celebrations in the evening when the incident happened but gave no further details.
“An investigation is opened to clarify the circumstances of this explosion and identify the perpetrators,” the army said.
Reports said that a medical source at a regional hospital confirmed the children were between the ages of 14 and 18.
Leader of a Togolese civil society group, Comité International le Super Cabaret (CIS-Cab), Eugene Atigan, said that the attack on children during the Eid al-Adha celebrations is proof that the entire population is in danger.
“We cry for the poor and innocent children who fell,” Atigan added.
In June, President Faure Gnassingbe declared the Savannah region under a state of emergency following a deadly attack against the Togolese army.
Earlier, authorities established a military outpost in Koundjoare called Operation Koundjoare as part of the government’s efforts to stop armed groups in Burkina Faso from entering the country.
In November, unidentified armed men, believed to be from Burkina Faso, attacked security forces in the region.
In May, unknown shooters attacked a security outpost in the same region, killing eight soldiers and injuring 13 others.
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