Afghanistan: Blast in Ghazni kills nine children

Ghazni city. File Photo.

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — Nine children died Sunday afternoon in an explosion of unexploded ordnance in the central province of Ghazni, according to a Taliban official.

According to the Taliban-run Bakhtar News Agency (BNA), Hamidullah Nisar, the Taliban’s director of information and culture in Ghazni, stated the incident occurred in the Gero district.

Nisar explained the children encountered the unexploded ordnance, a remnant of past conflicts, while playing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) notes that Afghanistan continues to struggle with unexploded ordnance posing significant risks to civilians, especially children.

From January 2022 through June 2023, the ICRC documented 640 children killed or injured in 541 incidents involving landmines and explosive remnants. These figures account for nearly 60% of all civilian casualties (1,092 individuals) from unexploded ordnance incidents, the organization reported.