Explosives inside a pillow went off outside an Afghanistan school

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(CNN) – Explosives stuffed inside a pillow went off outside a southern Afghanistan school on Saturday, killing three children and injuring six others, police said.

The children were killed around 3 p.m. when the explosives — in a pillow in a shop placed near a school wall — went off as they were playing in Kandahar, said Ahmad Zia Durrani, a spokesman for police in southern Kandahar province.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast or if anyone intended for the explosives to go off near the schoolchildren.

Still, such bloodshed is all too common in Afghanistan.

The nation has seen sometimes sporadic, sometimes sustained violence for years. A U.S.-led invasion after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks helped push out the ruling Taliban, though it did not eliminate the group — which has claimed credit for numerous attacks, including a suicide bombing on Tuesday aimed at international forces in Kabul.