Roadside blast kills nine children in NE Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, At least nine children were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Takhar on Saturday.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior said the blast hit in Darqad district of Takhar while a group of students were walking to their primary school in the morning. Spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor Jawad Hejri confirmed the death toll, saying that three children, who were part of the group, are missing.

The children were aged between eight and 11 who stepped on the bomb planted on a road. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but Spokesman for the provincial police Khalil Asir accused Taliban rebels.

“This area is under Taliban control and since security forces launched attacks to clear it, the Taliban have planted anti-personnel mines,” he said.

Earlier this year, a landmine killed seven children and wounded two more in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province in May. A report by United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA) said that an “unprecedented” number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September this year. The figures represent a 42 percent increase compared with the same period last year.

Source: Kuwait News Agency