A would-be suicide bomber was killed in an explosion triggered by the explosives strapped to his body in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, officials in the Ministry of Interior said.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi said the incident took place on the main highway going towards Qaisar district.

Rahimi further added that the slain would-suicide bomber has been identified as Mullah Idrees who was looking to carry out a suicide attack in Faryab province but was killed an explosion triggered by own explosives.

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

This comes as Taliban have intensified attacks in northern Faryab province during the recent days, specifically after announcing its spring offensive last Friday.

The group has carried out numerous attacks in Faryab but the security and defense authorities are saying all major offensives of the group have been thwarted by the armed forces.