Seven Afghan children killed by landmine planted by Taliban militants

Afghanistan Taliban
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AFGHANISTAN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Seven children were killed and two injured when a landmine exploded in Ghazni province, south of Kabul, local officials said.

“The explosion took place when the children stepped on a landmine while playing near the main road and the mine was planted by the Taliban targeting security forces,” state spokesman Aref Nuri said.

For his part, a member of the Ghazni State Council, Amanullah Qamarani, that “the ages of children killed between seven and nine years, and belong to four of them at least to one family.”

Gunmen often use roadside bombs and landmines to target Afghan security forces, but often cause civilian casualties.

The UN says nearly 4,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018 and 7,000 wounded. Last year was the deadliest for civilians in the war years in Afghanistan.

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