Iraqi children playing soccer blown up by bomb

BAGHDAD Fri May 30, 2008 12:13pm EDT

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - One Iraqi child was killed and two wounded on Friday when a group of children playing soccer picked up a bomb and it exploded, police said.

The children, aged about 5 or 6, were playing near a rubbish dump in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, when they spotted a strange object, police said.

When they picked it up, the home-made device exploded.

Relatives brought the injured children to a local hospital, where they lay in bed, bandaged and blood-spattered.

(Reporting by Khalid al-Ansary; Writing by Adrian Croft; Editing by Myra MacDonald)