(The Guardian) – The children were sitting outside the village mosque, enjoying rays of early morning sunshine, when the shooting broke out. Eight of them were killed on the spot, said village residents. A ninth child died later in a hospital in Kabul, two hours’ drive away. The death of nine children at the hands of government soldiers in Afghanistan’s central Wardak province on Friday has provoked anger and protests – and underscored once again the shortcomings of the foreign-trained security forces.