ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Three people, including an army personnel, were
killed by a handheld grenade that exploded during a
demonstration in a village in Nigeria’s central state of Niger,
a police spokesman said Sunday.
The army personnel
was holding the grenade late Saturday in his Bari village of
Bangi district, demonstrating to his kinsmen how the Nigerian
military used grenades on terrorists in the country’s northeast
region when it exploded, Bala Elkalla, the spokesman of Niger
State police told Xinhua.
The grenade killed
two villagers and injured four others who were onlookers at the
scene, Elkalla said.
The police spokesman
said the army personnel who was serving in Maiduguri, the
capital of the restive northeastern state of Borno, had obtained
permission to travel to his village.
returned to the village following the incident which brought
panic to the locals, a Xinhua correspondent said.
Local police had
drafted personnel of the anti-bomb unit to the village and the
residence of the late soldier to conduct a search “just in case
there are more explosives”, said Elkalla.