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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