Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has identified the deceased as Elias Phiri, aged between 30 and 40 years.
“Police in Luangwa District received a report of Sudden and Unnatural Death in which Elias Phiri aged between 30 to 40 years died instantly after he tempted to check for gold in an object suspected to be a grenade. The deceased is reported to have gone in the bush, North East of Luangwa Bridge approximately 1.2 Kilometers up hills of the Luangwa River to cut some trees and whilst there, came across an object which he suspected to be containing gold,” Ms Katongo stated. “He hit it with an axe and it exploded and the fragment injured him severely cutting his left palm, caused severe wounds on his right palm, intestines were ripped off and had deep wounds on both thighs. The axe used was also damaged. The grenade also damaged some trees at the scene of the fatal incident. The scene has been visited and the body has been picked and relatives intend to bury the remains without postmortem being conducted.”
And a pedestrian of Nyimba has died after being hit by a vehicle.
“Involved was a Toyota Harrier registration number AJC 9726 which was being driven by Kessons Phiri aged 39 years of River Side, Nyimba District who escaped unhurt while the pedestrian identified as Diana Chibanda , unknown age, of Moza compound in Nyimba District sustained fatal head injuries and died on the spot. The body of the deceased is in Nyimba District Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem examination. The accident happened when the driver of the motor vehicle lost control of the due to excessive speed in the process hit the pedestrian who was walking on the pedestrian track on the left side of the road,” Ms Katongo stated.