Grenade attack wounds 17 schoolchildren in Afghanistan

KABUL: A suspected terrorist on a motorbike threw a hand grenade at the gates of a school in north Afghanistan on Sunday, injuring 17 children, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The incident took place in Maimana, the main city of the Faryab province, the ministry said, adding that the children had been taken to hospital, with two of them in a serious condition. “Seventeen school students were wounded when a terrorist riding a motorbike threw a hand grenade at the main gate,” said the statement, which condemned the attack. “Police have arrested the gunman who committed this action,” the statement added. An annual UN report in March revealed that the deaths of Afghan civilians in the war had increased 15 percent to a record high last year, and that terrorists were responsible for three-quarters of the killings. afp

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