Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan

A suicide bombing victim is unloaded from the back of a truck at a hospital in Durbaba district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul. (File/AP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan

  • All of the children are between 5 and 12 years of age and were playing when the bomb exploded
  • Six other kids were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says at least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province.
Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, says six other kids were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district.
Yuresh says that according to a hospital report, two of the wounded kids are in critical condition. All of the children are between 5 and 12 years of age and were playing when the bomb exploded, he added.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Yuresh blamed Taliban insurgents who usually plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces in different part of the province.


Taliban warn teachers, students to avoid Afghan polls

Updated 3 min 9 sec ago
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Taliban warn teachers, students to avoid Afghan polls

KABUL, Afghanistan: The Taliban have warned teachers and students not to participate in Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections and not to allow schools to be used as polling centers.
The insurgents said in a statement Wednesday that they will target the Oct. 20 elections, which they view as illegitimate, but that they do not want to harm civilians.
The Taliban are opposed to democratic elections, viewing them as an imposition by foreign powers. The group has been fighting Afghan and NATO forces for more than 17 years in hopes of restoring its brand of harsh Islamic rule.
In recent years the Taliban have carried out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting the Afghan government and security forces. The militants have seized control of several districts across the country.