An explosion in the eastnear the border with Pakistan, killed nine children on Monday and injured four, according to the office of a governor appointed by the Taliban. A statement from the governor’s office said the explosion occurred when a food cart struck an old, unexploded mortar shell in Lalopar district, eastern Nangarhar province.
No further details were immediately available.
The province was a stronghold for the branching ofknown as , the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for last year’s attack who killed 13 US servicemen and at least 170 Afghans.
Rival Taliban staged several attacks targeting new Afghan rulers from within Talibanin mid-August. ISIS has been operating in Afghanistan since 2014, carrying out dozens of horrific attacks and most often targeting the country’s Shia Muslim minority.
Afghanistan is among the countries with the most landmines and other unexploded ordnance after decades of war and conflict. When the device explodes, the victims are often children.