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11 years old boy accidentally kills 2 years old sister while playing with father’s gun

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Reports claim the boy died immediately and his sister was rushed to hospital where she also later died in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

An 11-year-old boy is believed to have accidentally shot his two-year-old sister while playing with his dad’s gun – before ‘turning the firearm on himself’, according to reports.

The boy died immediately and his sister was rushed to hospital but also later died, it’s reported.

The gun was believed to have been licensed to the boy’s father, police said, speaking about last night’s incident in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Police said the brother allegedly turned the gun on himself after seeing what had happened to his younger sister.

They urged all licensed firearm owners to ensure that they do not violate the Firearms Control Act by failing to safeguard their firearms.

Police are reportedly investigating the shocking incident and an inquest has been opened.

The South African Police Service released a statement on their Facebook page saying: “KwaZulu-Natal: Siblings die after playing with firearm.

“Empangeni police are investigating a case of murder and an inquest.

“It is alleged that on 3 February 2018 at 23:50, a 11-year-old boy was playing with his father’s licensed firearm when a shot went off and struck his two-year-old sister.

“The victim was taken to hospital for medical attention where she later died.

“The brother allegedly turned the gun on himself after seeing what had happened to his sister.

“We urge all licensed firearm owners to ensure that they do not violate the Firearms Control Act by failing to safeguard their firearms because it amounts to criminal act.

“Contravening the act may lead to unnecessary deaths and violators may face harsh prosecutions.”

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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