A family in Majindane Village Three in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North has been plunged into mourning following the death of its two children when a suspected grenade exploded at their homestead on Friday.
In an interview with Sunday News, National police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the heart-wrenching incident that has left the whole village shocked and in fear.
He told the publication that the incident claimed two siblings, Happiness Mthethwa (13) and Thabiso (5) who were washing dishes.
Nyathi said there was a sudden explosion that threw the two siblings meters away
At around 11am yesterday (Friday), Happiness Mthethwa aged 13 and Thabiso Mthethwa aged five were washing dishes at their homestead in Nyamandlovu, Majindane Village while their father Mr Thembani Mthethwa was inside the house when he suddenly heard a huge explosion.
He said when the father ran outside to check what had happened, he found his children lying on the ground with severe injuries.
The young boy was thrown some three metres from the point of explosion while the girl was five metres away. The lid of the pot and the pot she was washing was found metres away from the scene.
Asst Comm Nyathi said the bodies of the two were taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals for a post-mortem, while police and the Zimbabwe National Army engineers have been dispatched to the area to conduct further investigations so that they establish what really transpired.
We also do not want to speculate on what it was and we want to wait for investigations to be completed because this is a sad incident. We want to find out what really happened. So far indications are that there was nothing sinister in terms of objects that were found at the homestead, but after full scale investigations we will be able to pinpoint what exactly happened.