Chil­dren’s deadly game with mor­tars

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

KABUL: Four chil­dren were killed while play­ing with an un­ex­ploded mor­tar round in Afghanistan’s north­ern Bagh­lan prov­ince, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

One child was also in­jured in the ex­plo­sion in Naqi­lan, Ekra­mud­din Sari, Bagh­lan’s po­lice chief, said.

As fight­ing against the Tal­iban in­ten­si­fies across the coun­try, ca­su­alty re­ports in­creas­ingly sur­face. The area where the in­ci­dent took place is un­der Tal­iban con­trol, Sari said.

The num­ber of ca­su­al­ties caused by the det­o­na­tion of ex­plo­sive rem­nants in­creased by 66% last year com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the UN’s an­nual civil­ian ca­su­alty re­port.

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