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Afghanistan: Five Afghan children killed in Taliban blast

Five Afghan children were dead after a Taliban’s improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the country’s northern Faryab province on Sunday, a local source said.

“The blast occurred after one of the victims step on a pressure-plate IED in a village of Pashtun Kot district in the morning,” Hanif Rezai, spokesman of army Corps 209 Shaheen based in the region, told Xinhua.

The next of kin of the victims were notified and one child was also wounded in the incident, Rezai added. He blamed the Taliban militant group for the attack.

Taliban militants have been using home-made IEDs to make roadside bombs and landmines for targeting security forces, but the lethal home-made weapons also inflict casualties on civilians.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as more than 2,560 civilians were killed and over 5,670 others injured in conflict-related incidents in the first nine months of this year, according to figures released by the UN mission in the country.

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