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Afghanistan mine kills 10 girls
At least 10 young girls have been killed and two others injured in a landmine explosion in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said the girls were collecting firewood when one of them hit the mine with an axe.

Most of those killed were aged between nine and 11, officials said.

Unexploded mines dating from decades of conflict in Afghanistan are still commonly found in rural areas.

The incident reportedly took place near Dawlatzai village, in the Chaperhar district of Nangarhar.

The two injured girls were in critical condition in hospital, one official said
Posted by:tipper

#4  Who sends out little girls to chop firewood?

Men who are too lazy to do it themselves.
Posted by: Abu Uluque   2012-12-17 11:37  

#3  P2 - might have been a poorly-sited or significantly washed-out minefield going off in a chain reaction. Boy, that sucks. Who sends out little girls to chop firewood? They're not exactly known for upper body strength.
Posted by: Mitch H.   2012-12-17 11:05  

#2  Waiting for Karzai protest in... Oh, forget about it.
Posted by: JFM   2012-12-17 10:09  

#1  Gathering firewood?

Wouldn't they be rather dispersed gathering rather than clustered to get that many in a single blast?

Something doesn't add up.
Posted by: P2kontheroad   2012-12-17 09:04