Nine children dead in blast in Afghanistan

At least nine children have been killed and four others injured as an explosive remnant of war exploded in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, official sources reported.

The incident happened on Monday morning as a person was picking up pieces of junk, Nangarhar Province Information and Culture Bureau spokesman Hanif Nangarhari told EFE.

As a result, nine children died and four were injured, he added.

According to local media, the explosion took place near a school in Lalpura district, Nangarhar province.

Afghanistan has suffered for years from the damage caused by explosive remnants of war and landmines, after decades of armed conflict.

Abandoned houses and remote areas pose a greater danger to the civilian population, as these areas have not been cleared by mining specialists.

Children are particularly vulnerable to explosives left in conflict zones, as they are unable to correctly identify them.

For several decades, dozens of demining companies have worked in Afghanistan to clean up explosive remnants of war, but due to the continuing conflict they have not been able to clear all the mines.

A similar incident took place on November 24 when four children died and one was injured as a result of a detonation as miners were picking up pieces of junk for sale.

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