Six children killed after trying to play with explosive in Pakistan

Six children have died and two others were wounded when they picked up an unexploded bomb in north western Pakistan after apparently mistaking it for a toy.

Muhammed Umer, whose nephew was one of two children wounded in the blast, said the children had discovered the explosive while playing in the South Waziristan region on Sunday.

"Four of them died on the spot, one on the way to hospital, and one at the hospital," he said.

A day earlier, two children in a nearby village were also killed after they stepped on a landmine while playing in fields.

At least 31 people, including several children, have been disabled or killed in blasts from improvised explosive devices since 2016 in the region, the Government said.