Conflicts & War

Four minors dead, 1 injured in explosion in northern Afghanistan

Kabul, Nov 25 (EFE).- Four children died and one was injured Thursday following the detonation of an explosive remnant of war in the northern province of Takhar in Afghanistan, official sources said.

The explosion occurred in Takhar city when the children were collecting iron scraps to sell in order to support their families amid the economic crisis plaguing the country, according to provincial chief Crime department of Taliban government, Saifullah Khalid.

“Today afternoon four children were killed and one was wounded due to the detonation of an explosive remnant of war,” Khalid told EFE, adding that the wounded minor had been taken to a hospital.

Afghanistan has been suffering from detonation of explosive remnants of war for several decades.

These explosive remnants are generally found among the areas ruined or affected by war or at the remote areas which have not been covered by demining companies yet.

For several decades, dozens of demining companies have been working in Afghanistan in order to clear explosive remnants of war, but they have not been able to free the entire country of landmines and other explosives given that the war continued in the country.

This is the second explosion of its type in recent weeks in northern Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, nine members of a family, including four girls and two boys, were killed when a remnant of war exploded inside their home in Kunduz province. EFE


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