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At least ten young girls were killed in a bomb blast in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday morning, local officials said.

Two other young girls were injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

The incident took place in Chaperhar district while the girls were collecting firewood's, the provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told TOLOnews.

The girls ranged in age from 9 to 13 years old and all came from different families, he said.

He could not say if the blast came from a newly planted bomb or from an unexploded mine — many of which are still found in fields and rural areas from decades of conflict in the country.

Police have started investigation about the blast.

It comes as the United Nations has said in its latest report that civilian casualties have increased by 28% in the period between August 1 and October 31.

At least 967 civilians were killed and 1,590 injured during the third quarter of the year, it said on Friday.

The report said that around 56% of the casualties were caused by roadside explosions and suicide bomb blasts, tactics used by insurgents.

The report accuses militants of being responsible for 80% of civilian casualties, with only 6% caused by Afghan security operations.

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