Roadside blast kills 4 children in S. Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, May 7 (KUNA) — At least four children were killed and one other wounded as they struck a roadside explosion in Afghanistanآ’s southern Zabul province, said officials on Saturday.
The townآ’s administrative chief, Wazir Mohammad Jawadi told media that the explosion took place in Tazi locality of the Shajoy district in Zabul.
He said the children were playing at the roadside when the planted mine went off, accusing that the Taliban rebels had planted the mine to target security forces. Afghanistan still regularly sees explosions from left-over land mines and other unexploded ordnance that kill dozens of people despite decades of clean-up efforts across the country.
Moreover, two civilians were wounded in a rocket attack on the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistanآ’s central Parwan province, said officials on Saturday.
The provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Mamozai confirmed the incident saying that two civilians were injured in the rocket strike.
The police were investigating the incident, he added. The spokesperson for Taliban group claimed the responsibility of the attack, said local media.
The report by United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted a 29 percent hike in child casualties across Afghanistan in first quarter of 2016.
The report observed a 17 percent decline in casualties attributed to IEDs but almost one third of civilian casualties were children. (end)

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