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6 Afghan Civilians Killed in Accidental Explosion - 2003-10-03

In Afghanistan, an accidental explosion near the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram Air Field killed six Afghan civilians and injured seven. Villagers from the Qaley-e Golay district of Bagram, adjacent to the U.S. military base, told VOA that the blast occurred at a home where the wedding party was taking place.

They say the majority of the casualties were from the same family.

One resident says the cause may have been children playing with unexploded ordinance.

According to the U.S. military, the incident took place at around 10 o'clock in the morning.

The U.S. base dispatched medical personnel and firefighters to the scene. They also sent explosive-disposal engineers to deal with any other unexploded devices.

Why the child was playing with the deadly explosives and whether they were being kept inside the house, as some local residents claim, is still unknown.

Civil authorities, assisted by the U.S. military, have launched an investigation.

There was a incident in the town of Bagram last month, when a local man attempted to salvage metal and gunpowder from an unexploded shell. That explosion killed three people.

Bagram is about one hour's drive north of the Afghan capital Kabul.