Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says three Taliban militants were killed when a roadside bomb they were planting exploded prematurely.
An Interior Ministry statement says a doctor working for the Taliban was among those killed on Friday in eastern Paktika province. The bomb was being placed on a main road in the province. Militants regularly attack Afghan and foreign troops with roadside bombs. The overall number of insurgent attacks in eastern Afghanistan, which borders Pakistan, have gone up by 40 percent this year compared to the same period in 2007.
More than 2,700 people _ most of them militants _ have died in insurgency-related violence this year, according to an AP count of figures from Afghan and Western officials.