At least eight Taliban militants were killed and three others were wounded in a premature explosion in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

According to local security officials, the incident took place in Salat area of Shorabak district on Friday.

The Kandahar Police Chief, Major General Tadin Khan confirmed this incident and tweeted on social media ” 8 #Taliban were killed and 3 others injured in Shorabak district when insurgents were transporting bombs from Pakistan into #Kandahar. This is the fate of the enemy when they try to hurt the people of #AFG! They have not said anything about their loss.”

The same day, reports circulated of a civilian family who was traveling to a Nawroz celebration when they struck a Taliban roadside bomb in Shah Wali Kot, Kandahar which killed the driver and injured the four passengers of the car to include a woman and child.

In reaction to the incident, Gen. Tadin Khan Khan said “This is a tragedy that innocent people have to suffer at a time of peaceful celebration.”

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented so far.