3 children killed in mortar fire incident in Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Three children were killed in a mortar fire incident in northern Kunduz province during Eid days, when about 285 people, a majority of children, sustained injuries from toy guns, firecrackers, celebratory firing and in traffic accidents, officials said on Tuesday.
Separately, 19 children have been injured during similar incidents in western Herat province.
In Kunduz, the Khanabad district chief, Hayatullah Amiri, told Pajhwok Afghan News three children of a family were killed when a mortar shell hit their house on the first night of Eid.
Another two girls and their father were injured in the incident, but it remained unclear who fired the mortar but investigation was underway, he said.
The official expressed concern over the worsening security situation in Khanabad and said he had several times reported the presence and activities of illegal armed men to the central government, but failed to elicit a positive response.
“If the same situation persists, illegal armed men would become stronger and the government would be unable to disarm them,” Amiri said.
On the other hand, public health officials said one person was killed in a traffic accident and another 285 people were injured in various kinds of incidents including traffic accidents, use of toy guns, firing into the air and others during Eid days.
Public Health Director Dr. Saad Mukhtar said 285 injured people were delivered at the zonal hospital in Kunduz City on the first, second and third day of Eid.
They included 150 people who were wounded in car accidents and the rest injured by toy guns and street fights.
Most of the injured were in stable condition as some of them were immediately discharged after first medial aid, Mukhtar said.
Meanwhile, Kunduz residents said the provincial capital had turned into a military zone making them uncomfortable during Eid days.
Asadullah, who resides in Kocha Turkmanha area of Kunduz City, said, “On the first day of Eid, heavy gunfire ranged out and we thought the Taliban had taken over control of the city.”
But later it appeared illegal armed men and pro-government uprising members had resorted to indiscriminate celebratory firing, he said.
In western Herat province, 19 children were wounded while playing with toy guns. Noor Hospital director in Herat City, Dr. Jamal Nasir, said children bought toy guns on Eid and fired shots at each other.
This way, 19 children got their eyes injured after being hit by plastic balls used as bullets in toy guns. Dr. Nasir asked government officials to prevent the imports of such toys to the country.
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