A child was killed and seven other civilians were wounded in an explosion in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident took place at around 6 am local time in the second police district of the city.

He said explosives planted in front of a shop went off in Ahangaran area, leaving a 10-year-old child dead and injuring seven other civilians.

Khogyani further added that at least four children and the shopkeeper are among those wounded.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and security personnel.

However, in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted besides such bombings incur casualties to the security personnel and in some cases the Taliban militants themselves are killed or wounded.

A total of 10,453 civilian casualties – 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office.

The report further added that the high number of casualties to the civilians were inflicted by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).