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Three Afghan children killed in mortar attack

Other News Materials 27 July 2011 14:55
Three children from the same family were killed and four others were injured in northern Afghanistan in a mortar attack allegedly carried out by militants, an official said Wednesday.
Three Afghan children killed in mortar attack

Three children from the same family were killed and four others were injured in northern Afghanistan in a mortar attack allegedly carried out by militants, an official said Wednesday, dpa reported.

A shell hit a civilian house on Tuesday night in the Chardarah district of the northern province of Kunduz, killing three children aged between 5 and 10 years and injuring four others, Abdul Momen Omarkhil, the district governor, said.

He blamed Taliban militants for the shelling. The house is located next to a police check point in the Aai Khanum area of the district, the governor said.

Taliban militants are active in the district where Afghan and NATO-led forces are trying to defeat Taliban militants.

The first six months of 2011 were the deadliest for civilians since the decade-long war began, according to report released by the United Nations earlier this month.

The country saw 1,462 civilian deaths in January to June, a 15-per-cent increase on the same period last year.

More than 80 per cent of the deaths were attributed to Taliban and anti-government forces.

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