Disasters & Accidents

3 children die as war-time grenade blows up in Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 13 (EFE).- Three children were killed and seven other people were injured when an old explosive device went off in a house in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

“Three children from a family died and seven other people were injured due to the explosion of an old hand grenade in a house,” Abdul Basir Zabuli, provincial police spokesperson in Nangarhar province, where the incident occurred, told EFE.

Provincial Information Director Quraishi Badloon told EFE that the children discovered the grenade while collecting iron outside their house for sale.

They brought the device home and it detonated inside their house, Badloon said.

The lingering impact of explosives and anti-personnel mines continues to haunt the nation after decades of conflict in Afghanistan.

Each year, a large number of civilians, particularly children, are killed and injured by explosive remnants of war in Afghanistan.

Unexploded weapons, such as artillery shells, mortars, grenades, bombs, and rockets, have been left behind in abandoned homes and remote areas after the armed conflict.

Such debris poses a threat to civilians, with bomb squads facing difficulties clearing these regions.

Children often unknowingly come into contact with these remnants and play with explosive debris.

Numerous demining companies and organizations, such as The Halo Trust collaborating with Afghanistan’s demining program, have dedicated years of effort to rid the country of remnants from wars.

According to the trust, IEDs have been laid in dense patterns next to schools, homes, roads, and fields.

Families are forced to take risks by farming dangerous ground or go hungry.

Despite making progress, challenges persist.

Tragic incidents like these serve as risk reminders. In May, two children lost their lives while another suffered injuries after an explosive device went off when the kids were playing in a village in Nuristan province. EFE

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