Mine kills five children in Afghanistan

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan - Five children in central Afghanistan have been killed by a mine left behind from Afghanistan’s 1980s Soviet war, a local official said on Saturday.

Bamyan provincial governor’s spokesman, Abdul-Rahman Ahmadi, said the children were playing when the device exploded. Five were killed and two injured.

Ahmadi said the two injured children, who have been taken to hospital, were in a critical condition.

The United Nations has warned that millions of explosive devices, abandoned after the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989, continue to cause death and injury.

Despite clean-up efforts, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s most mined countries. Unexploded devices are often found in the country’s rural areas.

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