The Afghan armed forces have thwarted a plan by the anti-government armed militant groups to carry out a deadly explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

The 207th Zafar Corps of the Afghan Military in the West said the militants had planted an improvised explosive device made up of heavy artillery shells on a roadside in Farsi district.

The source further added that the militants were looking to detonate the explosives in Dasht-e-Qala village on the main road but their plot was thwarted after the explosives were discovered by the armed forces.

According to the Zafar Corps, the explosives were safely defused by the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team of the Afghan army.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and security personnel.

However, in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted besides such bombings incur casualties to the security personnel and in some cases the Taliban militants themselves are killed or wounded.

A total of 10,453 civilian casualties – 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office.

The report further added that the high number of casualties to the civilians were inflicted by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).