At least eight children were killed and two others sustained injuries in a roadside bomb explosion in the south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan on Saturday.
The horrific incident took place when the children were playing in the area stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast occurred at around 8 am in the Muqer district of the province.
According to the regional authorities, the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device planted by Taliban militants. So far no group, including the Taliban, has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
However, Taliban have been using IED to target security forces. As per official figures, at least 120 civilians in Afghanistan are affected by mines and unexploded ordnance every month.
Later, an Afghanistan woman journalist named Meena Mangal, who was also a cultural advisor to the Parliament, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the eastern part of Kabul. Importantly, as many as 15 journalists were killed in a series of bombings that began early this year, with nine of them in a single day.
On May 8, an explosion shook Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Fortunately, there was no casualty reported. Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted the American NGO Counterpart International, which is working with the US Agency for International Development in Afghanistan.
It is to be noted that Afghanistan is suffering from an unstable political, social and security situation due to the activity of the Taliban movement and the Islamic State terrorist group. The national security forces are involved in anti-terrorist operations across the country.
According to figures released by the United Nations, more than 1,690 civilians have been killed and over 3,430 others injured in conflict-related incidents in the first half of the year in the war-torn country.