Girl killed, 6 others wounded in Kandahar blast
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A girl was killed and five women and a child were wounded when a mortar shell the children had found and brought home exploded inside their home in Arghandab district of southern Kandahar province, police said on Monday.
The incident took place in Naghan area and the victims belonged to the same family, Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said children of the family had found the previously undetonated shell while collecting firewood in nearby mountains and brought it home.
He said the shell exploded late on Sunday night when the family’s women were piling the collected firewood.
A girl was killed on the spot and another six persons, including five women and a child, were wounded in the blast.
Durrani said police reached the scene soon after the blast and shifted the injured persons to hospital and the condition of some of them was stated to be critical.
The police spokesman urged families not to send their children to mountains for wood collection and other hard work to avoid such painful tragedies.
Similar blasts from unexploded munitions had caused casualties to children in the past in Kandahar, the birth place of the Taliban.
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