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Official: Taliban fire mortar shell at Afghan home in eastern province, killing child

An Afghan official says a mortar shell fired by the Taliban struck a home in a volatile eastern province, killing one child and wounding five.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the governor in Nangarhar province said the attack took place on Friday in Momand Dara district. He says all the children were from the same family.

Abdulzai says the motives for the attack, which occurred in a very remote area, were unclear but that the Taliban often fire rockets and mortar shells toward villages for no apparent reason.

On Thursday, the Taliban attacked NATO fuel trucks at a border crossing in Nangarhar, destroying dozens of trucks. The attack underscored the instability plaguing Afghanistan as NATO combat forces prepare to withdraw by the end of this year.