Five Taliban militants died while making bombs at a mosque in Afghanistan’s Eastern province of Ghazni.
Local authorities said on Saturday that the explosion occurred while the militants were putting together improvised explosive devices (IED) with the aim of conducting a roadside bomb attack, press tv reported.
Ghazni Deputy Provincial Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place during the early hours of the day in the Western part of the city of Ghazni.
Ahmadi added that a Taliban commander, identified as Mullah Sadiq, also died in the blast.
Taliban militants frequently employ IEDs to target Afghan National Army forces as well as the US-led foreign coalition troops in the country.
According to local press reports, the armed militants have used local mosques to put together explosive devices in a number of previous occasions.
Seven militants were killed in late March while making an IED inside a mosque in Deh Yak District of Ghazni.
Taliban have recently stepped up military offensive against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.
The militant group says it would use every possible tactic to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces.
Afghan authorities have increased security in major cities across the country, including the capital, Kabul.
Insecurity remains in Afghanistan despite presence of US-led foreign troops. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.