Three Afghan children killed in blast

May 24th, 2008 - 8:47 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, May 24 (DPA) Three children were killed in an explosion in northern Afghanistan, while four NATO soldiers and their Afghan interpreters were wounded in a separate blast, officials said Saturday. The children were killed in the Pashtunkot district Friday, when unexploded ordnance, which was lying on the ground, exploded, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

However, residents in the district said that the children were killed when ISAF soldiers opened fire at them. They asked the government to arrest and punish the foreign soldiers.

Abdul Satar Barez, deputy provincial governor, said that Afghan and ISAF authorities in the province have started an investigation to find out that what caused the death of the children.

In another incident, four ISAF soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were wounded in a roadside attack in the Sawakai district of eastern Kanur province, Major Martin O’Donnell, an ISAF spokesman in Kabul, said.

He said that the wounded soldiers and the Afghan national were evacuated to a military hospital for treatment, where they were reported to be in a stable condition.

As part of their campaign to topple the Western-led Afghan government, Taliban militants, who lost power in a US-led invasion in late 2001, have recently relied heavily on suicide and roadside attacks.

Both tactics are widely believed to have been copied from Iraqi insurgents.

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