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Mortar explosion kills three children, hurts 15 in Baghlan

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least three children were killed and 15 others wounded when a mortar shell exploded in northern Baghlan province, said local officials on Tuesday.

According to the officials the children found an unexploded mortar while playing. The mortar exploded, killing three of children on the spot and left 15 others injured in Gharo Shak area of Pul-e-Khumri, the provincial capital.

Soon the security forces arrived at the scene and shifted the victims to the nearby hospital. According to the hospital sources the death toll could rise.

Most of the victims were underage.

An investigation has been underway to investigate whether the mortar shell was leftover or new.

This comes less than a week when a mortar killed eight children in Kabul. The children found the unexploded mortar while playing at a construction site. The mortar was believed to have been left over from the devastating civil war.