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Four children are dead and three others injured after an unexploded ordnance detonated after falling into a Afghanistan classroom.
The incident in Afghanistan’s Helmand province took place when children discovered an unexploded grenade and took it to their religious school and started playing with it, according to a statement from the provincial police office.
The children were between 7 and 14 years old and at least three others were injured, according to police.
Local officials say three of the children died instantly, while an unidentified doctor at a local hospital said another female child later died of her injuries.
Afghanistan has suffered decades of war and remains very dangerous for children, who often collect scrap metal to sell to support their families. Many are killed or maimed when they encounter unexploded ordnance.
The explosion comes weeks after the one-year anniversary of the US Army withdrawal from Afghanistan after the invasion of the country two decades ago.
More than 41,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured by landmines and other munitions since the end of the war. Soviet invasion of the country in the late 1980s, according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
More than two-thirds of those killed by unexploded ordnance detonated were children, many of whom were playing with the bombs after picking them up. VOA News reported.
Associated Press contributed to this report