March 10th, 2010
09:03 AM ET

2 children killed, 2 injured by mine explosion

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two Afghan children were killed and two others were injured when a mine device exploded in northern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

The incident happened Tuesday in Farybab province, which borders Turkmenistan, the U.S. military said.

"This is a tragedy, especially since innocent children were killed and injured," Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said in a U.S. military statement. "Accidents involving unexploded ordnance or mines planted by the insurgents hurt and kill innocent civilians, and we will continue our efforts to educate civilians about mines and help to prevent these accidents."

More than 45 Afghans were injured or killed each month in 2009 because of mines and explosive remnants of war, the U.S. military said, citing the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan.

The injured children were being treated at a nearby hospital, the military said.

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  1. ReatorpogameÀ

    You can find reviews at this place Water Heat Pump.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brandon

    thats sad the us really needs to back off these peoples backs

    May 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. American Militant

    As they say in Afghanistan, "Inshallah". Whether Soviet, NATO or Taliban placed, they just assume it was God's will. Too many Afghani's, especially in the rural areas, believe that their herd of sheep is worth more than their children. After all, they can always make more kids.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    Daniel, while I would like to see us get out of tehre as well, our Departure is not going to solve or reduce the problems caused by the mines that have been strewn across the country-side.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Go Don !

    March 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don

    There’s way too much inner arguing over American objectives and tactics.
    Remain focused on this message: USA utilizes controlled and effective techniques to extract vital information from captured insurgents. Taliban, Al Qaeda blow up Mosques filled with men, women and children. All in the name of their god. Bad mouthing the American effort just encourages the enemies of free people everywhere to continue the blood baths. Be supportive of the war on terror... or be quiet. Either way, you will come out ahead... and maybe with a head. Ever see what the insurgents do to their captives? Time to grow up and recognize that we are at war. Resist what you think is a need to bash the very people that protect you while you sleep, at least until our troops are out of harms way.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. JOAnn

    Daniel If you think George W. is better than Obama at getting out, you are delusional. If you think Obama is not getting out of Afghan. you are very very delusional. I am so sorry about the children, but it is entirely possible, those mines were left over from when the Russians were there in the 1970's. How old are you?? You are very poorly informed.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. GAP

    Daniel –

    Yes, we do need to find a way out. But running away from the place where the 9-11 attacks were planned and ordered from is not the answer.
    I don't understand your supposed disappointment in Obama when he's finishing the job that George W. started and left unfinished. Those land mines are there because the Taliban put them there and they could care less about the people of Afghanistan.
    The US did not ask for this fight, but we surely need to make those who attacked us pay for crime they inflicted on the U.S.
    I want us out as soon as possible too, but we should leave Afghansitan when the job is done and done correctly.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    I am sick to death of all the bleeding heart liberals or whatever that blame the US military at every opportunity..
    If it were not for the American resolve you would all be walking the Goose Step !
    Wake up! Freedom comes with a cost and you bleeders just would not make it. Be thankfull there are real people out there willing to make the sacrifice.
    Or perhaps you would prefer Taliban rule, or whom evers, I am sure they would be compassionate to your wine !!!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. MP

    The Russians left over an estimated 2 million
    landmines in Afghanistan, only half have been accounted for. I work in Bagram, and there are still active mine fields here. Work to clear them is an ongoing process.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don

    The US and NATO have been very busy defusing land mines over the past 18 months. And yes, those mines, planted by insurgents, were positioned as a defensive measure against advancing troops. Children playing in the fields are the least of their concerns. These Taliban militants have never shown regard for human life, so why do they merit any sympathy? It is so easy to villain-ize the US who is going to continue to chase down and destroy the Taliban... Al Qaeda and other bands of roving murderers. The sins of the insurgents are well documented. They behead, burn people alive, torture (the real definition of torture... not splashing water on someone’s face).
    If these critics have not seen what insurgents do to people, then they have been intentionally looking the other way to keep the US foremost in their minds as the evil entity.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason from wisconsin

    This is to A. Smith from Oregon, Post #7

    The U.S dosnt use mines that are left to sit around. And if we have to they have to be mapped so when we dont need then anymore there picked up.

    The only Mines the U.S use are Claymore mines in Afghan. They can and are picked up if not used.
    The Soviets planted millions in Aghan. in the 80's.

    Learn something before shooting off at the mouth.

    Afhan Infantry Marine Vet.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Uncle Steve

    This isn't just a war, we have helped more lives than we have taken. You would be more correct calling it and aid recon than a war, and the people who are really dying is our soldiers and the Taliban
    Also to call our efforts despicable because some bomb killed a two innocent children that wasn't even placed by us, is considered anti-American, and un-patriotic. Next time read the article before you comment. Also find a different country to live in.

    March 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andrew

    when will the united states of america wake the heck up???
    innocents are dying every day whether its a mine,friendly fire,airsrtikes,or the dreaded nukes we need to pull out......its logical,peaceful, and nobody gets killed in the process
    havent enough people died under bush's command????
    i guess not.
    we are losing billions of $$$$ for weapons and couldve gone to better things
    id help those kids myself but im stuck here!!!
    i just hope that we pull out in the next year....or well be practically there forever fighting the same enemy...

    March 15, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jay

    I am actually in Afghanistan right now and the US does not use land mines. So, to those who are saying this is the US's fault, you are wrong.

    March 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. herb

    Bob- I suggest you check wikipedia to get a better idea of troop numbers involved in WWII. Nuking the enemy is not a good solution. Now that we understand the implications of the use of Nuclear Weapons, it is best be used as a trumph card for defensive measures.

    March 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. CM

    You will dissappointed with all Presidents because this is their job, the commander in chief. I am sorry that war is going on and I want it to stop to, I really do, my oldest son wants to joing the Navy and that scares me to death. However, what I don't understand is why we are so bothered by the other people's death? Why are we not bothered more by homeless vets?

    March 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Daniel

    For Jessica,did it ever occur to you that these people might not want foreign rule???

    March 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jer

    The U.S. wasn't the one to put the mines there so we can't be blamed when a innocent child gets hurt. But the military hospitals in Afghanistan will usually take the children to try and help them. As long as the hospitals aren't already filled. We spend so much money trying to save local nationals who happen to get injured. And we give the same care to the people who were trying to injure us. So even if a person of the Taliban was shooting at us and we return fire. We will give them all the same medical care.

    March 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Adam

    I really dont understand...this is not the military's problem. this is what happens when you are at war. the enemy tries to kill the military during this innocient people die. it just seems that the media puts more about the citizens of Afghan being killed then the military members that get hurt or killed. that should be our focus not if a couple of civilians die. there are more civilians dieing in America focus on that....

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. Robert

    For those short on memory or long on malice.

    Remember, Afghanistan is the just war.

    You rememberm, Taliban harboring al Quaida?

    Airplanes being hijacked? thousands of innocents murdered?

    That flowed out of there. Throwing the Taliban out and going after al Quaida there is the right thing to do.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  22. GREG

    Where did the mines come from? Were they left over from the Soviets? They also left bombs that were disguised as toys so when the children would see a colorful ball they would pick it up and………….

    March 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Gregory

    ugh...i hate war its so despicable

    March 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. lexa aldridge

    Aww... how sad I think our government needs to help try to stop this

    March 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. J Russell

    The mines were left by the Russians as they were leaving Afghanistan in the 80's. They laid thousands of mine beds all around the country. I spent 5 months watching a team de-mine several areas in and around Bagram Air Base, it is a pain staking process and will take many many years to clear all of the mines left behind. The US didn't lay the mines therefore can't take the blame like I pown said in his/her post.

    March 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Cyn

    Even if we pull out today civilians will be killed by mines accidentally because they are all over Afghanistan from the Russian envasion in the 80's. The US tries to make the mine fields and remove them as we can. There are still many fields that are not known.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Peace

    Daniel, so the mines and IED's placed throughout are the fault of the Americans? It's tragic to hear of anyone being killed, especially innocent children, but our soldiers are killed by those same explosions.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  28. bob

    this is PART of the reason why we are in afganistan. the USA does NOT use land mines or IED's....the TALIBAN do.
    the people of afganistan are terrorized by the taliban, and the taliban are killing their own children.....they need to be nutrelized and/ or eliminated.....

    LAST TIME the usa was attacked, we sent over 200,000 troops and nuked the country that attacked us.
    i think the least we can do right now is SUPPORT THE TROOPS!!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. A. Smith, Oregon

    I notice the article as written attempts to deflect all blame on the US and NATO military from placing mines in Afghanistan. Of COURSE the US and NATO soldiers have placed some mines in Afghanistan, as have Russian soldiers before them, as have the CIA trained Taliban freedom fighters.

    For many decades to come, innocent children will be killed and maimed by US, Russian and CIA-trained Taliban mines that are littered across Afghanistan.

    Blame the Taliban for all of the millions of mines in Afghanistan? The CIA trained the Taliban how to make IED's, sold them mines and trained them how to use them. The Russians poured millions of plastic mines out of helicopters across Afghanistan including their now famous 'toe popper' which the standard issue GI Military Boot was no contest in regards to saving your foot from amputation.

    The propeller heads at the Pentagon do not want the American people to hear about and learn about the mass number of children that being killed by accidental airstrikes, land mines and friendly fire accidents.

    Kudos to the CNN staff, keep us informed of Afghanistan Civilian deaths resulting from the US and NATO troops.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  30. DoubleW

    So long as Afghanistan is populated by mutually hostile tribes, sects and clans, and so long as outsiders (Iran, al Queda, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the USA) continue giving them the wherewithal, they are going to continue fighting and killing each other. A weak and invincibly corrupt central government will do little to resolve the situation, which is rooted in the old problem of too many people, too little arable land.

    March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. trod67

    So sad... We need to pray for all countries!

    March 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. I pown

    The us should take the blame occationally and not just blame other countries

    March 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  33. SAMSON

    I guess this will be blamed on the US too, right?

    March 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jessica

    When will this Region wake up and turn against these militants,insurgents,Taliban or whatever name they want to go by.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  35. Daniel

    Unfortunately we're going to hear more stories like this as this dispicable war drags on.Until we elect a person with a sense of morality to the presidency,this bloodshed will only continue,no need to mention my disappointment in President Obama.We need to find a way out.

    March 10, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |