Rocket strike kills 3 children in Kunduz, Afghanistan: official

16:53, July 27, 2011      

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Three children were killed and four people injured late on Tuesday when a rocket hit a house in Char Dara district of Kunduz province 250 km north of capital city of Kabul, a local official said on Wednesday.

"Security forces came in contact with Taliban rebels in Aikhanum village of Char Dara district at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday during which a rocket hit a house killing three innocent children," district chief of Char Dara, Mohammad Mumin Omarkhil told Xinhua.

According to the official, four more people including three children and a woman were injured in the incident.

However, Omarkhil did not provide details on fighting and failed to say which side fired the rocket.

The number of civilian casualties has been soaring in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan as a total of 1,462 Afghan civilians have been killed in the first half of 2011, a 15 percent rise in non-combatants' deaths compared with the same period in 2010, according to the United Nations' mid-year report released in Kabul on July 14.

The UN report attributed 80 percent of the civilian deaths in the first six months of this year to the attacks of Taliban insurgents and other armed groups opposing the government.

Another 14 percent of the deaths were attributed to Afghan and NATO-led forces and 6 percent were unattributed.

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