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16 children wounded in Kunar

16 children wounded in Kunar

Sep 06, 2010 - 11:54

<!--break--><p>ASADABAD (PAN): Sixteen children were wounded when a NATO military vehicle exploded in the eastern province of Kunar, officials said on Monday.</p><p>The vehicle caught fire when Taliban attacked a NATO convoy on Sunday in Barkandai area of Manogi district, provincial police chief, Khalilullah Ziaee, told Pajhwok Afghan News.</p><p>The children were watching the burning vehicle when the explosion took place, he said.</p><p>Up to 16 wounded children between the ages of 10 and 12 had been brought to the hospital, head of the hospital, Dr. Muhammad Farooq, said.</p><p>One child in a critical condition was sent to Nangarhar hospital, he added.</p><p>"We surrounded the burning [vehicle], when suddenly it exploded," one of the injured children, Shakirullah, said.</p><p>The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said one of their vehicles had been burned in a Taliban attack in Kunar.</p><p>Thirteen civilians were transferred to hospital after first receiving primary care from allied troops, the statement added.</p><p>Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said many foreign soldiers were wounded and killed in the attack.</p><p>myn/cas</p>