Kabul, November 26: Two explosions have been reported in Afghanistan, killing four children and injuring one child, authorities have confirmed.
In the country’s national capital, Kabul, a bomb hit a civilian vehicle at a busy roundabout in Karte Parwan locality, Police District 2 at around 4:15 p.m. local time, causing no casualties, Qari Saeed Khosty, spokesperson for the Afghan Interior Ministry, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Taliban security forces cordoned off the area as a precaution. The explosion sent a thick column of smoke into the sky and damaged several vehicles, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing eyewitnesses.
The obvious target of the explosion has remained unknown, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Activists affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) have staged several bombings in Kabul and elsewhere since the Taliban took power in mid-August.
Earlier Thursday, four children were killed and one child was injured after remnants of explosives accidentally detonated on the outskirts of Taluqan, capital of northern Takhar province, Ansarullah news agency told Ansarullah news agency. Ansar of the Provincial Directorate of Information and Culture.
The victims were carrying scrap metal for sale because they did not notice the explosive device was among the materials collected, the official said.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), landmines and anti-personnel mines left over from previous wars kill or maim more than 100 people on average each month in the country, according to official sources.