Grenade kills boy in Bali, injures another

Grenade kills boy in Bali, injures another

BALI - A teenager was killed and another seriously injured in Candikuning, Tabanan, on Friday when what was believed to be a fragmentation grenade exploded in an orange farm.

The blast could be heard two kilometers away and the news caused a ripple of anxiety among the hundreds of journalists and security officials covering the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua. The incident took place about one kilometer from the site of training exercises held by the Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) over the past few days.

The military has flatly denied that the explosion was caused by a grenade belonging to them, stressing that the exercises had nothing to do with the blast. The dead victim was identified as Yesi Puspa, 14, and his injured companion was named as Komang Budiasa, 13. A resident of Bukti Catu hamlet, Puspa had dropped out of school and worked as a farm laborer.

On Friday, he called in sick and spent the morning at his parents' home. In the afternoon, he left the house, telling his parents that he would fetch water to water some plants. A few hours later, his parents heard a loud explosion and they went to investigate.

When they arrived at the orange farm they discovered their son lying lifeless on the ground next to a small truck belonging to the farm's owner. Puspa appeared to have died instantly in the blast, he received severe injuries to his right arm and torso. Budiasa sustained head injuries.

Budiasa was rushed to the intensive care unit of Tabanan regional hospital, some 30 kilometers to the south. Puspa's body was sent to Sanglah Central Hospital in Denpasar for forensic examination.

The body arrived at around 5:00 p.m. and the hospital prohibited journalists from taking any pictures of it.

Detectives have sealed off the area of the explosion and have begun collecting evidence. Tabanan Police chief Adj. Comr. Dekananto Eko Purwono confirmed that the victim was killed by a fragmentation grenade. The detectives were still investigating the origin of the device.

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