4 children playing with unexploded shell killed when it explodes at school in Afghanistan

Unexploded ordnance exploded in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four children and injuring three others after children brought them inside their school, police and a medic said.

The incident in Helmand province happened when the children discovered an unexploded shell and brought it inside their religious school and started playing with it, according to a statement from the chief’s office. provincial police.

The children were aged 7 to 14 and at least three others were injured, according to the police statement.

Unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan
The covered body of a young girl lies in the back of a vehicle after she was killed by an unexploded shell in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Saturday September 3, 2022.

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Afghanistan has suffered from decades of war and remains very dangerous for children, who often collect scrap metal to sell to support their families. Many are killed or maimed when they come across unexploded ordnance.

Three of the children in Saturday’s blast were killed instantly and a girl later died of her injuries at a hospital in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, a doctor said. The doctor spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The country is also grappling with what the United Nations calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. An estimated 90% of his households do not have enough food to eat, and as CBS News correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reportedthe youngest in the country are among those who suffer the most.

“One or two malnourished children die here every day,” a doctor told Tyab.

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