A key local commander of the Taliban group has been killed in an explosion triggered by own explosives in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the incident has taken place in Zarkharid area in the capital of Kunduz province.

The source further added that the Taliban commander killed in the explosion has been identified as Hanzala.

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

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.

In the meantime, the Thunder Corps said at least one Taliban militant was killed and a AK-47 rifle and a motorcycle were confiscated during a clash in Aab Band district of Ghazni province.