According to local sources, an 11-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 10-year-old playmate in Faryab province of northern Afghanistan as they were playing with a Kalashnikov rifle.

The tragedy, took place on Tuesday, the 16th of August, in the Hashtomin village of Kohistan district in the northern Afghan province of Faryab.

Local sources report that Mohammad Nader, 10, was killed by Abdul Rahman, 11, while he and two other kids were playing with a gun at home.

A child accidentally killed another child, according to the source.

Previously, a teenage boy in the same Faryab province killed his father with an ax, when the 14-year-old Ramin was subjected to domestic and physical violence.

Similar incidents that involved a child inadvertently killing another while playing with guns have occurred in the past and resulted in casualties in several provinces across the country.

The number of children killed in Afghanistan also rises as a result of children falling victim when playing with guns, unexploded mortar shells, ordnance, and other remnants of war.

In the course of seven months, landmines and explosive remnants of war have injured or killed 301 children in Afghanistan, according to a UNICEF report. The actual number is thought to be significantly larger.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).