Landmine kills 9 kids in Afghanistan
Kunduz, Afghanistan - A landmine explosion killed nine children in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday, an official said, amid an increase in civilian casualties in the long-running and brutal war.
The blast happened in volatile Darqad district of Takhar province, when the children stepped on a mine that had been planted on a road in a Talibancontrolled village.
“At 8:30am (0400 GMT) this morning, tragically, nine schoolchildren were martyred in a landmine blast planted by the Taliban,” a spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, said.
He said the children - all boys - were aged from seven to 11.
No group claimed responsibility for the blast.