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Mortar Mine Blast Kills Two Children in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
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Two children were killed, and two others were injured after a mortar mine from previous wars exploded in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province, media reported on Saturday.

On Friday night, a group of children were playing with a toy-like object they had found in the Altamor neighbourhood of Pul-i-Alam city, the provincial capital of Logar, when it abruptly detonated, killing two them instantly and injuring two others, according to the news agency.
In a similar incident, four children were injured in the southern province of Afghanistan Kandahar last week.

Since 1988, about 46,868 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured due to landmines and other explosive remains of war.

“Before August 2021, the average number of casualties was about 160 people per month. Since August 2021, the reporting pipelines for casualties have been disrupted. Only 188 new casualties have been reported during 2022 compared to 1,144 for the previous year,” according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

About 98% of the casualties reported in 2021 were due to unexploded bomb fragments, while more than 79% were children in the same year.

Many people, primarily children, are killed and injured yearly in explosions caused by unexploded bombs left over from the four decades of wars and civil conflicts, making Afghanistan one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world.

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