At least six children were killed in an explosion in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan as the local officials are saying that the blast was triggered by a roadside mine explosion.

The incident took place in Dawlatabad district after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside went off, targeting the children aged between eight to ten years.

The district administrative chief of Dawlatabad Mohammad Karim confirmed that six children aged eight, nine, and ten years, were killed in the blast.

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.

At least two Taliban insurgents were killed while planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan nearly three weeks ago.

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