NATO now says 3 service members killed in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan Militant attacks killed three NATO service members in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

The international coalition did not give the nationality of the dead service members or provide exact locations of the attacks. One was killed in an insurgent attack and two others by roadside bombs.

Violence in southern Afghanistan has risen in recent months as NATO and Afghan forces try to seize control of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. This year has been the deadliest for international forces in the nine-year Afghan conflict. At least 47 NATO service members have been killed so far this month, and more than 2,000 have died since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Four Taliban commanders were also reported killed in three separate incidents.