A premature bomb explosion killed five Taliban militants including a key sharp-shooter (sniper) of the group in North of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military said.

According to a statement released by Special Operations Corps, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off prematurely among Taliban militants in northern Sar-e-Pul province which killed 5 Taliban militants.

The statement further added that the bomb exploded among Taliban militants in Sayad district, killing five Taliban militants including Bismillah alias Farahuddin, one of the sharp-shooters (snipers) of the group.

The Special Operations Corps also added that the explosion also destroyed a thermal rifle scope.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.

Taliban militants and other insurgent groups often use improvised explosive device as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government officials.

However, the roadside bombs usually inflict casualties on ordinary civilians besides inflicting casualties on militants, in cases involving premature bomb explosions.

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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.