Kabul: Afghan authorities say five civilians have died in three explosions in southern and northern Afghanistan.

Spokesman for the southern Kandahar province Zalmai Ayubi says the first explosion occurred Saturday morning in Khakrez district, when a four-wheel-drive taxi in a rural area hit a roadside bomb, killing three civilians.

In neighbouring Maiwand district, an Afghan man was killed when his motorcycle hit a road mine this morning.

In the north, a government transportation director was killed in explosion midday on Saturday.

Police spokesman in Kunduz province Sarwar Hussini says 16 others were wounded when a remote-controlled bomb planted on a bicycle detonated as the official's car was passing.