13-year-old refugee loses toes in firecracker accident in German town

A 13-year-old refugee suffered severe injuries when he stepped on a firecracker during New Year's Eve celebrations in a central German town, police said on Saturday.

The Iraqi boy must have stepped on the firecracker just as it exploded, said a police spokesman in the state of Lower Saxony.

The big toe on his right foot was ripped off by the blast and another toe had to be amputated during surgery.

Police said that the boy came to the town of Celle three weeks ago to join his 20-year-old sister.

Last update: Sat, 02/01/2016 - 15:26
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