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Landmine kills 10 girls collecting firewood

By Masoud Popalzai, CNN
December 20, 2012 -- Updated 1647 GMT (0047 HKT)
Iran made landmines.
Iran made landmines.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two others are injured in the blast
  • Landmines continue to kill dozens in Afghanistan

Read a version of this story in Arabic.

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Ten girls were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday when a landmine exploded as they were out collecting firewood -- the latest casualties in one of the most mined countries in the world.

Two other girls were injured in the incident in Nangarhar province, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the province's governor.

Landmines -- those planted by insurgents and those left over from the Soviet occupation -- continue to kill dozens of Afghans every year.

"Naturally curious, children are likely to pick up strange objects, such as the infamous toy-like 'butterfly' mines that Soviet forces spread by the millions in Afghanistan," according to UNICEF.

Read more: The low-tech, high-design tumbleweed minesweeper designed by former Afghan refugee

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