Paktika security officials said that four children were killed in a landmine explosion in the provincial centre of Sharana on Sunday.
Paktika Police spokesperson Shah Mohammad Arian said the incident took place before noon in the Kotwal area of the city. He added that the children killed were members of the same family.
He claimed that the mine was planted by the Taliban at the entrance of the family’s house after warning them to leave the area three days ago.
After the explosion, residents moved the bodies of the victims to the city centre and demanded justice. They also called on the warring parties to end the fighting and the killing of civilians.
Arian said that the perpetrators of the incident have been identified and efforts are underway to arrest them.