ASADABAD (PAN): Five children, playing cricket, were injured when a mortar shell landed near them in eastern Kunar province on Sunday, residents said.
The incident took place in the Manogi district in the evening, resident Yar Pacha told Pajhwok Afghan News. He said it was not known from which where direction and who fired the shell.
The children were playing cricket when the shell landed on the ground and exploded, he added. The wounded children were taken to the Asadabad civil hospital.
Police chief, Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Ziayee, confirmed the incident. He said three of the children were in a critical condition.
He also said six Taliban fighters were killed and a number of others were wounded in clashes with security forces in the Manogi and Watapur districts on Sunday.
But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the fighters killed a number of foreign and local troops in the clashes.