FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan, March 20 (Xinhua) -- A mother and her five children were killed as a mine left over from past wars went off in Afghanistan's western Ghor province on Sunday, provincial police spokesman Abu Feda Al-Badri said on Monday.
"The deadly incident took place in Ghorqand area outside provincial capital Firoz Koah on Sunday afternoon when the ill-fated children found a toy-like device and began playing with it, but suddenly it exploded, killing the five kids along with their mother," Badri told Xinhua.
This is the second incident of its kind since Friday. The previous incident, which occurred in the eastern Logar province on Friday, left two children dead and two others injured.
Another similar blast injured four children in the country's southern Kandahar province 10 days ago.
Afghanistan is reportedly one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world as dozens of people, mostly children, are killed and maimed every month due to blasts of unexploded ordnances left over from the past four decades of wars and civil strife. ■