Both the parents of the children killed in Pazhai, dependent on daily wage income to run the family were preparing for their work, while their kids were playing in front of their house. The children had found a metal item near the hut and included it in their play, while the attention of their parents was away from them for a short while, news sources said.
One of the children was killed on the spot and the other succumbed to his injuries while being taken to hospital.
Land mines are deadly attraction for children whose innate curiosity and need for play often lure them directly into harms way.
The explosion has come a day after Danish De-mining Group (DDG) told its employees in Jaffna that it was winding up its activities in the district while keeping their office operating there for some time and that it was limiting its work in Ki'linochchi district. 250 DDG workers are losing their jobs in Jaffna district alone as a consequence of the decision. The group has also decided to wind up the activities by sending the staff attached to Jeyapuram and Vavuniyaa offices in Vanni.
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