Itanagar: Three children were killed in Arunachal Pradesh’s Anjaw when a live bomb they thought was a toy exploded near a firing range of the Indian Army.

The incident took place on Saturday evening when the children picked up the used shell and started playing with it. The shell exploded, killing them on the spot.

Expressing shock and grief Chief Minister Pema Khandu cautioned the villagers against going near danger zones such as the army firing ranges. He asked the Indian Army to issue advisories or put up sign boards depicting danger zones or restricted areas.

“Such incidents should not recur, for which extreme precautionary measures have to be put in place by the Army, the civil administration and the village elders,” Khandu said. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakh each to the family of the victims.