Tragedy struck in Balochistan’s Chaman district on Friday when three children lost their lives in an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) while playing in an abandoned house in the Rehman Kahol area. The two boys, aged 12 and 10, died instantly, while the third child, a seven-year-old named Bashir Ahmed, was critically injured and rushed to a hospital in Chaman. Sadly, he died on the way to Quetta for further treatment.
Authorities immediately cordoned off the area, and officials from the Levies and Frontier Corps arrived at the site to investigate. Chaman’s assistant commissioner, Dr Abdul Salam, said that the children may have been playing with the object that exploded, or it might have been planted at the site. An investigation is currently underway.
Sources suggest that the house where the explosion occurred had been under the control of the Afghan Taliban during the presence of US troops in Afghanistan. However, after the Taliban regained power, they went back to Afghanistan, leaving many compounds abandoned.
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A senior security official stated that a bomb disposal squad had been called to inspect the house as the administration suspected more explosives might be present inside the abandoned structure.