IED explosion kills 5 in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul. (file photo)

At least five civilians have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off prematurely in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, security sources say.

The sources said on Friday that the dead included three kids and two women after the IED exploded accidentally in the house of a Taliban fighter in eastern Paktika Province on Thursday.

Provincial security chief Gen. Dawlat Khan Zadran said the house was used to store explosives for the Taliban militants.

Separately, three civilians were injured after a roadside IED went off in the western Farah province on Friday.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapons Taliban militants use against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians.

The Taliban recently announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” across Afghanistan and vowed to increase their attacks on US-led troops stationed in the country as well as Afghan forces.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about many US-led troops there.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.


Republished with permission from: Press TV