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Blast kills two children in southeast Afghanistan
Updated: 2005-04-18 17:26

Two children were killed and two others wounded by a bomb which was carried by floodwaters into a residential neighbourhood in southeast Afghanistan, an official said.

The youngsters were playing with the device when it detonated on Sunday in Itesarq Mena, a district west of Gardez city, said local security chief Ghulam Nadi Salim.

"On Sunday at about 6:00 pm (1330 GMT) a bomb which was moved by water to a residential area exploded killing two children, and injuring two other infants," Salim told AFP on Monday.

One of the two injured children was in a critical condition and evacuated by US soldiers to a nearby base for treatment, he added.

It was unclear whether the ordinance had been recently planted by insurgents or was left over from the two and a half decades of conflict suffered by the war-torn country.

Afghanistan has been hit by floods caused by snow melt in the wake of a harsh winter, which have dislodged a number of old mines and other unexploded ordnance resulted in new injuries.

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