A Taliban car bomb went off prematurely in a residential area in northern Sar-e Pul province of Afghanistan which damaged 10 houses and injured 13 civilians, the Afghan military said.

According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps in the North, the Taliban militants were looking to carry out a car bomb attack using a Jeep vehicle packed with explosives.

However, the Afghan forces identified the car bomb before the militants could drive it to the provincial capital where they wanted to detonate it.

The statement further added that a clash broke out after along Sayad district highway after the Afghan forces traced the car bomb which went off prematurely.

The explosion damaged ten houses and injured at least 13 residents of the area, the 209th Shaheen Corps added in its statement.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.

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