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Child killed, 7 of a family injured in Helmand

Child killed, 7 of a family injured in Helmand

Oct 22, 2017 - 18:35

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A child was killed and seven others of the same family were wounded after a stray mortar shell hit their house in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.

Helmand governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a task team had been sent to the Nawa district where the incident occurred last night to find out what exactly happened.

But a resident of the district, Abdul Raziq, alleged an Afghan Army soldier opened fire at a vehicle carrying the family.

He said the family was travelling in a vehicle to migrate somewhere due to insecurity in their area

The vehicle plunged into water after the ANA soldier opened fire at it, the resident said, adding the injured included three children, two women and two men.

Officials at the Emergency-run hospital in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, confirmed receiving one dead body of a child and seven injured people, who they said were in critical condition.