Eight Afghan Students Killed in Explosion Outside School

Photo: UNICEF/Omid Fazel

Eight students have died in an explosion outside a school in Afghanistan.

The explosive remnant of war that detonated near a school on Monday also left four other children injured who had been attending class.

UNICEF’s acting representative in the country, Alice Akunga, described the incident as underlining the importance of the international community providing more support for Afghanistan, so authorities can “clear explosive ordnance and remnants of war”.

“Equally important is to educate children and their communities about the risks and the preventive measures to take.”

According to Unicef, in 2020, globally, explosive ordnance, including remnants of war, were responsible for nearly 50 per cent of all child casualties, resulting in more than 3,900 children killed and maimed.

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