KABUL: At least two people were killed and 49 others wounded in a rocket attack by Taliban militants in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Thursday.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place in Asabad city, the provincial capital of Kunar province.

Provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said the Taliban militants fired the rocket to disrupt the local officials and residents, who were celebrating the 97th Independence Day of Afghanistan.

The Taliban militants have not claimed responsibility for the attack.

This comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released the latest civilian casualties’ report late last month which stated at least 3,726 civilians were killed or wounded between January and June of this year.

The UN mission said the civilian death toll in the country has reached a record number since counting began in 2009, with 5,166 civilians recorded killed or maimed in just the first six months of this year, of whom almost one-third were children.

The total civilian casualty figure recorded by the UN between January 1, 2009, and June 30, 2016, has risen to 63,934, including 22,941 deaths and 40,993 injured.