9 children killed after food cart exploded in Afghanistan, says Taliban-appointed governor

An explosion in the east Afghanistan near 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.

People pray at the funeral of a victim of an explosion in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan that killed nine children and injured four, according to the office of a governor appointed by the Taliban, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, January 10, 2022.

AP Photo / Shir Shah Hamdard

The province was a stronghold for the branching of Daesh known as ISIS-K, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for last year’s attack attack in Kabul who killed 13 US servicemen and at least 170 Afghans.

Rival Taliban staged several attacks targeting new Afghan rulers from within Taliban took control of the country in 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.


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