10 girls collecting wood killed after bomb explodes

Scene of the incident 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) Nearly a dozen girls who were out collecting firewood in order to heat their homes, were killed after a bomb exploded.

Many were also injured, according to press reports.

Ten girls were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, when a mine exploded while they were out collecting firewood. These are just the latest victims in one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.

Two other girls were injured in the incident in the Nangarhar province, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesperson for the provincial governor, said.

Landmines planted by insurgents and leftovers from the Soviet occupation are still killing dozens of Afghans each year.

"Naturally curious, children tend to pick up foreign objects, such as the infamous toy-like butterfly bombs that were spread by Soviet forces in Afghanistan by the millions,” according to UNICEF.