Three kids killed ‘while playing with bomb’ in Pakistan

Three children have been killed while playing with an unexploded bomb at an abandoned house in southwestern Pakistan, near the Afghan border, police say.

According to police official Shabir Ahmed, the explosion took place in the border town of Chaman in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, 150km from the provincial capital of Quetta.

Afghan refugees had previously lived in the house but it was unclear how the bomb got there, he said.

Police were investigating, Ahmed said.

Several children are killed every year by unexploded ordnance and land mines left from years of fighting and conflicts in the region and elsewhere in Pakistan.

Millions of Afghans fled to Pakistan during the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of their country, creating one of the world’s largest refugee populations.

According to a recently conducted United Nations-backed survey, 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees are still residing in Pakistan, where authorities often arrest those living without valid documents.

Scores of Afghan Taliban members had also stayed in the region before returning home after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021.

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