Land­mine kills 9 kids in Afghanista­n

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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