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Children killed, others injured in Faryab bombing

By Sheetal Sukhija, Sri Lankan News
23 Sep 2018, 23:58 GMT+10

KABUL, Afghanistan - In a brutal bombing that struck a police station in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province left eight children killed.

Officials in the province said that the children killed in the attack were playing in the street close to a police station, when the explosion took place.

According to witnesses, the children were aged between five and 12 years old and were instantly killed in the bombing.

Karim Yuresh, a spokesman for the provincial police chief said that the blasts occurred in the Koh-e-Sayyad village of Shirin Tagab district, north of provincial capital Maimana city.

He added that six people had suffered injuries in the attack and were rushed to the hospital.

A report in the local Afghanistan news outlet, Tolo News said that two of those injured had lost their limbs in the attack.

Both the individuals were rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.

Citing a hospital report, Yuresh added in his statement that two of those severely injured in the blast were children too.

So far, the attack has not been claimed by any group.

However, in his statement, Yuresh blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack, pointing out that the modus operandi used in the attack has previously been used by the group.

Further, reports pointed out that Taliban was to blame since the Shirin Tagab district, where the bombing occurred, fell into the insurgent group's control last week.

Taliban had often targeted Afghan security forces in different parts of the country using a roadside bomb.

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