At least 21 civilians were killed or wounded in mortar attack by the Taliban militants in eastern Nangahrar province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon at around 5 am local time in Bati Kot district.

The provincial government media office in a statement said a mortar round fired by the Taliban militants landed in Hafiz Godai area, leaving at least two civilians dead.

The statement further added that the attack also left at least 19 civilians who have been shifted to the hospital in Jalalabad city.

According to the provincial government, the health condition of those wounded in the attack have been reported as stable and are currently being treated in the hospital.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the security situation of the province has started to deteriorate comparatively during the recent years as the anti-government armed militants including Taliban are attempting to expand their insurgency in some remote parts of the province.