At least 10 young girls have been killed after an explosion in the eastern Afghanistan province of Nangarhar, officials say. The Monday morning explosion occurred in the Charparhar district.
The girls, ranged between nine and 13 years of age, were gathering firewood outside the Dawlatzai village when the explosion took place, said Mohammad Seddiq, a local government administrator.
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
Seddiq said that two other girls were seriously wounded in the explosion and were in critical condition at a local hospital.
Police are scouring the area for clues as to what type of explosive went off, Seddiq said.