At least five Taliban militants were killed or wounded in an explosion triggered by a roadside bomb in Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military said the incident took place in the vicinity of Jalrez district after an improvised explosive device planted on a roadside went off targeting a group of armed militants.

The source further added that the explosion left at least three Taliban militants dead while two others sustained injuries.

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.