Afghanistan: Blast kills five militants

Afghanistan: Blast kills five militants

KABUL: About five Taliban militants have been killed in a premature blast in restive southern province of Zabul, local police said on Sunday.

"The killed militants were trying to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) along a road on outskirts of provincial capital Qalat city late on Saturday. But the IED detonated prematurely, killing the five on the spot," Mohammad Mustafa Mayar, provincial police chief, told Xinhua.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been on the rampage since the beginning of 2015 when the Afghan security forces assumed full responsibilities of security from the United States and NATO troops.