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

An explosion in the East Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday killed nine children and injured four, according to the office of a Taliban-appointed governor. A statement from the governor’s office said the blast occurred when a food cart hit an old unexploded mortar shell in Lalopar district in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

No other details were immediately available.

People pray during 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, on January 10 and 20.
People pray during 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.

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The province has been a stronghold for the offshoot of Islamic State known as ISIS-Kthe terrorist group that claimed responsibility for last year’s attack attack in Kabul which killed 13 American soldiers and at least 170 Afghans.

The Taliban rival has staged several attacks targeting new Afghan leaders from the Taliban took over the country in mid-August. ISIS has operated in Afghanistan since 2014, carrying out dozens of gruesome attacks and most often targeting the country’s Shia Muslim minority.

Afghanistan is one of the countries with the most landmines and other unexploded ordnance from decades of war and conflict. When the device explodes, the victims are often children.