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Afghanistan: Attacks kill 19 children in since Tuesday

According to official figures, at least 19 children have been killed in Afghanistan during the past four days, in attacks or accidents involving unexploded ordnance.
On Saturday, two children were killed and another was wounded in the Bagh-e-Mir area of Kunduz city as they played with an unexploded mortar shell, provincial police spokesperson Obaidullah Abedi told dpa.
A further 16 children were killed in attacks in the cities of Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. The attacks targeted the passengers of three minibuses and worshipers at a mosque.
A day earlier, another child was killed in an accident involving unexploded ordnance in Uruzgan province.
On Friday, the country’s UNICEF representative, Mohamed Ag Ayoya, called for an end to the “grave violations” against children in Afghanistan. “Children should never pay the price for the conflicts of adults. Children must be protected at all times,” Ayoya said.
Last month, at least nine children were killed and dozens of others wounded in a series of coordinated blasts that hit a tuition centre and a high school in Kabul.