Afghan security forces have arrested eight policemen for accidentally killing six children when firing a rocket into a river to catch fish, officials said Wednesday.
The incident took place last Friday in the Doshi district of the northern province of Baghlan when policemen on the bank of a river fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the water.
Ahmad Jawid Basharat, a provincial spokesman, confirmed the incident and said the children were aged between 10 and 14.
Using explosives such as RPGs and hand grenades to kill and catch fish is not uncommon in Afghanistan.
In some parts of the country people even use electrical generators and bare wire to catch fish, posing extreme danger to swimmers.