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Explosion kills 9 children in Nangarhar

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KABUL: An explosion in Nangarhar province on Monday killed nine children and wounded four, according to Taliban governor’s office.

A statement from the governor’s office said the blast took place when a cart selling food items struck an old, unexploded mortar shell in the district of Lalopar, in eastern Nangarhar.

No other details were immediately available.

The province is the headquarters of Taliban rivals, the Islamic State group, which has staged several attacks targeting Taliban since they took over the country in mid-August. However, the IS has operated in Afghanistan since 2014, carrying out dozens of horrific attacks.

Afghanistan is among the countries with the most unexploded land mines and other ordnance from the country’s decades of war and conflict. When the ordnance detonates, the victims are often children.

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