Accidental blast kills 24 Afghan militants

Up to two dozen Taliban militants including 11 would-be suicide bombers were killed as a suicide vest went off accidentally in the southern Zabul province with Qalat as its capital 340 km south of Kabul on Monday, deputy to provincial police chief Ghulam Jilani Farahi said.

“A group of Taliban militants were playing with a suicide jacket in their hideout in Khak-e-Afghan district today morning when the device exploded suddenly killing 24 insurgents including 11 suicide bombers on the spot,” Farahi said.

Taliban outfit hasn’t commented on the subject.

Taliban militants are in control of the restive Khak-e-Afghan district in Zabul province over the past couple of years.