KABUL: (MEP) – According to local authorities in eastern Paktika province, at least seven Afghan children were killed following a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in this province.
Provincial governor spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan confirming the report said at least five other children were also injured following the explosion.
He said the incident took place in Khairkut district, after the children who were playing on the roadside, struck with an improvised explosive device (IED).
The governor spokesman also added that there fears that the toll death could rise, as a number of the injured children are in critical health condition.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. Local officials blame Taliban group for the incident, as Taliban fighters frequently use improvised explosive device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target Afghan and coalition security forces which normally leads to civilian casualties, khaama reported.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its report also announced that nearly 230 children were killed and almost 529 others were injured during the first six months of the year.