Afghanistan: Mortar shell explosion kills 9 children near the border with Pakistan


An explosion in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan has killed at least nine children and wounded four others, according to local officials.

The blast on Monday took place when a cart selling food items struck an old, unexploded mortar shell in Baiganan village in the district of Lalopar, according to a statement from the office of the governor of Nangarhar province.

Afghanistan is among the countries with the most unexploded land mines and other ordnance from the country’s decades of war and conflict. When the ordnance detonates, the victims are often children.

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Source: Al Jazeera