KABUL, Afghanistan (TheBlaze/AP) — A roadside bomb assembled and left in a Taliban commander’s house in eastern Afghanistan detonated and killed five children who were playing with it, an official said Friday.
The incident occurred inside the house of an insurgent leader named Abdullah, said Mokhlis Afghan, a spokesman for the governor in Paktika province, and happened Thursday morning in the remote Mata Khan district.
According to Afghan, the commander had assembled a roadside bomb and left it inside his home, which he shared with relatives.
It exploded when the children, aged from three to seven years, began playing with it. A woman was also killed by the explosion.
The five children belonged to Abdullah’s brother and his wife, while the killed woman was his sister.
Abdullah escaped arrest and is being sought by Afghan security troops, which were the intended target for the bomb, said the spokesman.
The spokesman had no other details.