At least three children were killed and four people sustained injuries in two separate mortar attacks in Afghan provinces Takhar and Helmand.
In Takhar, a child was killed and two people, including a woman, were wounded when a mortar shell hit a home in Pul-e-Shash Metra area on the outskirts of Taluqan city on Friday evening, Takhar police said.
Police blamed the Taliban for the strike.
In Helmand, meanwhile, two children were killed and two women were wounded when a mortar shell hit a home in the city of Lashkargah, the center of the province, early on Saturday morning, a source said.
Helmand officials so far have not commented on the incident.