KABUL: Two girls equipped with suicide bombing vests were killed during an operation in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said Monday.

According to a statement by the defence ministry, the two young girls were among 27 killed during a series of operations conducted in Want Waigal district.

The statement further added that 31 others were also wounded during the same operations.

Militant groups, including the Taliban, have not commented regarding the report so far and it is yet not clear which group had recruited the two young girls for the suicide attack.

Nuristan is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where armed militant groups, including the Taliban, are actively operating in a number of its remote districts.