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Four children died and three others were injured after an unexploded device exploded after being taken to a classroom in Afghanistan.

The incident in Afghanistan’s Helmand province occurred when children discovered an unexploded shell and took it inside their religious school and started playing with it, according to a statement from the provincial police chief’s office.

The children were aged 7 to 14 and at least three others were injured, according to the police statement.

Local officials say three of the children were killed instantly while an unidentified doctor at a local hospital said another girl later died from her injuries.

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The covered body of a girl lies in the back of a vehicle after she was killed by an unexploded bullet in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 3, 2022.
((Photo AP / Abdul Khaliq))

Afghanistan has suffered for decades of warfare and remains highly dangerous for children, who often collect scrap metal to sell to support their families. Many are killed or maimed when they come across unexploded ordnance.

The blast comes weeks after the one-year anniversary of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan following the invasion of the country two decades ago.

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Over 41,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured by mines and other bombs since the Soviet invasion of the country ended in the late 1980s, according to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

The covered body of a girl lies in the back of a vehicle after she was killed by an unexploded bullet in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 3, 2022. An unexploded device exploded in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least four children and injuring them. three more after the children took him to their school, police and a doctor said

The covered body of a girl lies in the back of a vehicle after she was killed by an unexploded bullet in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 3, 2022. An unexploded device exploded in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least four children and injuring them. three more after the children took him to their school, police and a doctor said
(. (Photo AP / Abdul Khaliq))

More than two-thirds of the people killed by unexploded devices that went off were children, many of whom were playing with the bombs after picking them up, VOA News reported.

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Associated Press contributed to this report

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