Three militants were killed in a premature explosion in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, police said on Monday.
“Six militants tried to destroy a bridge along the main road by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the suburbs of provincial capital Kunduz city on Sunday night. The device went off by accident, leaving three militants killed and three others injured,” a senior police official told Xinhua news agency.
However, the bridge located in Pul-e-Barakzai locality of the city was damaged by the blast, the official added.
One of the militants is identified as a Taliban mine expert named Shukar Ullah.
Also on Friday, two militants lost their lives in a similar incident in Maiwand District of southern Kandahar province, according to an army source.
The conflict-related violence has left 3,540 civilians dead and over 7,450 others injured in 2015, according to figures released by the UN mission in the country.