KABUL: Two explosions occurred in Afghanistan, killing four children and injuring one, authorities confirmed. The Afghan Ministry of Interior's spokesman, Qari Saeed Khosty, reported on Twitter on Thursday that a bomb damaged a civilian vehicle at a major traffic roundabout in Karte Parwan area, Police District 2, at about 4:15 p.m. local time, inflicting no casualties. The area has been cordoned off by Taliban security personnel as a precaution. According to reports quoting eye witnesses, the explosion launched a column of heavy smoke into the sky and destroyed multiple automobiles.
The clear target of the explosion remained unknown, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the act. Since the Taliban took control in mid-August, IS-affiliated terrorists have conducted several bomb attacks in Kabul and other cities.
Four children were killed and one child was injured earlier on Thursday when some explosive remnants exploded by accident on the outskirts of Taluqan, the capital of northern Takhar province, according to Ansarullah Ansar of the provincial directorate of media and culture.
The victims were bringing scrap metal for sale when the explosive device was discovered among the materials collected, according to the official. According to government sources, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), landmines, and anti-personnel mines left over from previous wars kill or maim around 100 people per month on average throughout the country.