Seven Taliban fighters and two children were killed in three separate incidents in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, officials said on Saturday.

Six Taliban insurgents, part of a bomb-making squad, were killed while setting up a roadside bomb in Arghistaan district of Kandahar, the Governor’s office said in a statement.

A lone Taliban member was also killed when roadside bomb he was planting in neighbouring Panjwai district exploded, the statement said.

Meanwhile, a boy and a girl were killed and four women were injured by a Taliban mortar attack in Maiwand district of Kandahar.

The incident occurred when the Afghan security forces were conducting an operation against the Taliban insurgents.

The Taliban fired back with a mortar which landed in the civilian’s house, the Governor’s office said.