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Taliban bomb kill 6 member of a single family in Paktika province

By Khaama Press - Sat Feb 20 2016, 3:59 pm

explosion in Paktika provinceAt least six members of a single family were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the incident took place on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm in the vicinity of Wazkhwa district.

MoI said the civilians were travelling in a motorcycle when it struck an IED planted by Taliban militants, leaving six dead, including four children.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the incident so far which comes amid rampant insurgency led by the group across the country during the recent months.

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where insurgents both from the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are actively operating in a number of its districts.

The anti-government armed militants are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces but in majority of such attacks the civilians are targeted.

This comes as the year 2015 was the deadliest for the civilians in Afghanistan, specifically for the children.

According to the United Nations in Afghanistan, in 2015, an average of 53 children were killed or injured every week, the highest number since 2009, when the UN began systematically documenting casualties. The majority of child casualties was attributed to ground engagement between parties to conflict.

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