KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Four children were injured on Monday as a mortar mine left over from past wars went off in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, provincial administration spokesman Hajji Zaid said on Tuesday.
On Monday evening, several children in Salim Kariz area of the Zhari district found a mortar mine left from war and began to play with it, but it suddenly exploded, leaving four children badly injured, according to the official.
All the injured children, some in critical conditions, have been taken the hospital, the official said.
Afghanistan is reportedly one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world as dozens of people, mostly children, are killed and maimed annually due to blasts of unexploded devices left over from the past four decades of wars and civil conflicts. ■