Unexploded mortar shell kills 7 children in Laghman


KABUL -- Seven children were killed and 10 more wounded Sunday (April 15) when an unexploded mortar shell blew up in Laghman Province, an official said.

The incident appears to be the latest instance of discarded ordnance claiming civilian lives, in a country littered with land mines, homemade bombs and old shells.

The circumstances around how the children found the shell and why it exploded were under investigation, said Assadullah Dawlatzai, the Laghman governor's spokesman.

All the victims were below the age of 15, he said.

Casualties from land mines and "explosive remnants of war" have soared in recent years as a result of the intensifying fight between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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