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10 Afghan girls killed in blast

Kabul, Dec. 17 (AP): An exploding bomb or landmine killed ten young girls as they were gathering firewood outside their village in eastern Afghanistan this morning, an official said.

Police said they believed that the device was an unexploded mine that had been laid years ago and was triggered somehow as the girls walked through the open field. At least one other old mine was found nearby, provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussian Mashreqiwal said. He also noted that the blast did not occur next to a road or any obvious target.

The girls who died ranged in age from 9 to 13 years old and all came from different families in Dawlatzai village, said Mohammad Seddiq, the government administrator Nangarhar province’s Chaperhar district, which includes the village. Two more girls were seriously wounded.

 
 
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