Roadside bomb kills five children in northern Afghanistan

Five children aged between 8-15 years were killed and one more was injured after a roadside bomb went off when they were heading to a religious school in Pashtunkot district of the northern Faryab province, according to media office of the provincial police department.

The incident took place earlier this morning, October 27, in Pashtunkot district.

According to the statement, the landmine was planted by the Taliban militants to target Afghan security forces in the area.

Situated in north of the country, Faryab is a restive province where the Taliban militants have active presence and occasionally launch offensives against Afghan defense and security forces.

In their latest offensive, the militants attacked security outposts of Afghan military forces last night around 8:30 pm in the same district.

53 Taliban militants were killed and 11 others wounded as result of counter attacks by Afghan military forces.

The vulnerable Afghan children are a prime victim of the ongoing war. A report published by Save The Children, an international NGO, suggests over 14,000 children were killed between 2016 and 2018.