Mortar Shell Blast Kills Five Children in Afghanistan

At least five children were killed and two others wounded when a live mortar shell exploded in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Friday.

A provincial Taliban spokesman for Helmand´s Information and Culture Department, Abdul Bari Rashid said that the children, who were from three to twelve years old, were playing with the shell when it suddenly went off.

The incident took place in the Maraj district of the province, and had left two other children wounded and being treated in the district hospital, Rashid added.

Afghanistan remains a highly dangerous country for children because most unexploded mines and bombs have remained intact across the country due to decades of war. 

The Afghan children usually collect scrap metal to sell in order to financially support their families. The children sometimes collect unexploded mortar shells by mistake and become victims.

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