Explosion in Zabul Kills a Child, Injures 3 More
A child was killed and three others injured when the remanent of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in Southern Zabul province, according to local sources.
The explosion caused by an IED of past wars resulted in the death of one child and the injury of three others in the Sarkhakan area of the Shah Joi district of Zabul province on Friday evening, Qari Zabiullah Jawhar, the provincial police spokesman said.
It is reported that a group of children from nomad families were playing next to a tractor in a field when the bomb went off, killing one and injuring three others.
On Tuesday (March 28), a similar blast claimed the lives of two children and injured four others in the northern Jawzjan province according to local sources.
In recent days, the incidents caused by the explosions of unexploded devices have increased in some parts of the country, resulting in the death injury of men, women and children.
Afghanistan reportedly is one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world. Dozens of people, mostly children, are killed and maimed every month due to blasts of unexploded ordnances left over from the past four decades of wars and internal conflicts.
Despite the efforts of the United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS) in direct collaboration with UNAMA and other relevant government bodies, the presence of land mines and unexploded devices poses major threats to the lives of ordinary people.
Since November 2022, Afghanistan’s international partners have generously contributed to support demining in the country. These countries include Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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Source: The Khaama Press News Agency