Roadside bombs kill nine children in Afghanistan

Roadside bombs kill nine children in Afghanistan
Mon Nov 18, 2013 18:46:10

Two separate roadside bomb explosions have claimed the lives of at least nine children across war-torned Afghanistan, officials say.

Seven children from the same family were killed and another three were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, said the governor's spokesman Mokhlis Afghan. The children were playing on a road near their home when the bomb went off.

In a separate incident in southern Zabul province, two children were killed when their family's vehicle hit a roadside bomb, Zabul's deputy governor, Mohammed Jan Rasoolyar said. The family was travelling to the provincial capital of Qalat for shopping. The father was wounded along with a third child, Rasoolyar said.

Roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices are among the deadliest weapons in the insurgents' arsenal but they often kill civilians.

Rasoolyar also said that authorities identified the six bodies, all decapitated, as policemen. Confusion arose over the bodies found Sunday in neighboring Kandahar province because they were in civilian clothes.

The policemen had disappeared several days earlier from Zabul, apparently abducted by the Taliban and taken to Kandahar. With limited means for forensic identification, it took the police nearly a full day to resolve the confusion, Rasoolyar said.

The Taliban have repeatedly warned Afghans against joining the government or the military and police forces.

Hundreds of Afghan policemen have been killed this year in ambushes, targeted killings and bombings.

Also Monday, police in Kandahar - the birthplace of the Taliban - stopped a tractor hauling roadside bombs, said Javid Faisal, the provincial governor's spokesman.

A firefight erupted as the police tried to stop the vehicle near the border with Pakistan, he said. The shooting set off the bombs, killing the driver and a second person on the tractor.


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