Eleven children were killed and another 20 injured when a bomb exploded in a rickshaw hidden in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan on Friday. Waheedullah Jumazada, the spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province, said the attack took place in Gillan district in the afternoon. He said the bombing occurred when the driver entered the village to sell goods with a motorized rickshaw and was soon surrounded by children.
According to Jumazada, casualties may increase. No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack immediately. The spokesman said that investigations were being done as to why the children were targeted. Incidents of violence have increased in recent months despite ongoing talks between the Afghan government and Qatar militant Taliban negotiators in Qatar to end the two-decade-old war.
The attack comes at a time when US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Miley held a meeting with Taliban leaders in Doha on Tuesday to discuss the military aspects of the US-Taliban agreement without making any prior announcements. The agreement aims to set the stage for direct peace talks between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.
After the talks in Doha, General met Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani left for Kabul to consult. Miley stressed that both sides need to reduce violence rapidly.