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MAN DIES IN ‘GOLD SEARCH’ EXPLOSION

A 40-YEAR-OLD man has died after he attempted to check for gold in an object suspected to be a grenade in North East Luangwa.

Elias Phiri, had gone in the bush, North East of Luangwa Bridge approximately 1.2 Kilometers up the hills of the Luangwa River to cut some trees.

While in the bush, he came across an object which he thought containined gold.

Police spokesperson, Esther Katongo, said Phiri hit it with an axe and it exploded and the fragment injured him severely.

She said the explosion split his left palm while his intestines were ripped out and he had deep wounds on both thighs. Ms Katongo explained that the axe was also damaged while some trees at the scene of the fatal incident were also affected.

She said police picked the body and relatives intended to bury the remains without post-mortem.

Meanwhile, a male pedestrian has died in a fatal Road traffic accident which occurred opposite Indo-Zambia Bank in Nyimba district. The pedestrian was identified as Diana Chibanda of Moza compound in Nyimba district, who died on the spot. He was hit by Toyota Harrier registration number AJC 9726 which was being driven by Kessons Phiri aged 39 years of Riverside, Nyimba District.

The driver escaped unhurt while the body of the deceased pedestrian was deposited in Nyimba District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

The accident happened when the driver of the motor vehicle lost control due to excessive speed and in the process hit the man who was walking on the pedestrian track.

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