In the Ghazni province of eastern Afghanistan, children had gathered to recite verses of the Holy Quran when a motorcycle rickshaw laden with bombs exploded in the area.
Reports claim that the motorcycle had entered into the province on the pretence of selling goods, and was soon surrounded by children when the explosion happened. While there is no substantial evidence of who is responsible for this act, it is known that the blast happened in a Taliban controlled area. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid sent a message to the media claiming that the explosion was caused by the remains of unexploded ordnance in the area, which the children had allegedly picked up and brought to the merchant.
War and chaos have been increasing rapidly in Afghanistan, even while the Taliban and government negotiators continue their talks in Qatar, trying to come up with a peace treaty that could hopefully put an end to years and years of conflict.
Among the 15 children killed in the explosions, around 20 other people were left injured. The Taliban, despite years of negotiations, continues to be notorious in this region of Afghanistan. Last month, in another attack, carried out by the group, 30 army personnel were killed when a suicide bomber blew up a car at an army base near the city of Ghazni.
Among the aforementioned negotiations, the US has pushed to end America’s longest war with Washington signing a deal with the Taliban promising to pull out all of its troops from the country by May 2021. The Taliban has chosen to target government forces in rural areas in order to continue negotiations with the government of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for the next round of peace negotiations to be held in Kabul.
Taliban negotiators have flown to Pakistan, where they met Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday. Mr Khan called on both sides to reduce violence and agree to a ceasefire.