KABUL – At least 30 Taliban members died after two suicide vests exploded by mistake during a meeting in which the insurgents were planning an attack on security forces in western Afghanistan, an official source told EFE on Friday.
“At least 30 Taliban insurgents have died after two suicide vests and other ammunition exploded in Bala Bolok district in Farah province,” said the provincial governor’s spokesperson, Naser Mehri, without disclosing the number of people injured in the incident.
The source added that the insurgents were holding a meeting on Thursday to plan an attack on Afghan security forces and that some of the Taliban commanders were among those dead.
However, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a message on Twitter denied any explosion having taken place in Parah province.
In July, the Taliban killed seven people and kidnapped another six along a road in the same province, which is among the most unsafe ones in the country.
Violence in Afghanistan has intensified after the end of NATO’s combat mission in 2015, and now the group maintains around 13,000 troops in the country to support and train Afghan forces.
According to the United States’ Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the war in the country has remained stagnant, with the Taliban controlling around 40 percent of the country.