KABUL - At least 10 young girls have been killed and two others injured in a landmine explosion in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. 

The explosion occurred Monday morning in the Charparhar district, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, reports Al Jazeera

The girls were collecting firewood outside the Dawlatzai village when one of them hit the mine with an axe, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said. 

Most of those killed were aged between nine and 11, officials said. 

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Meanwhile at least one person has been killed in a suicide bombing in the outskirts of the Kabul. 

Six more were injured in the blast, which took place on the Jalalabad road, home to many NATO bases and international firms, reports BBC News

Local police said the explosion happened near the offices of a U.S.-based construction company, but it is unclear what the target was. 

Large sections of the compound's exterior wall were blown apart and the roof of a building has collapsed, reports Al Jazeera.