Afghanistan

Factbox - Security developments in Afghanistan, 14 Jul 2008

July 14 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan reported until 1030 GMT on Monday.

HELMAND - U.S.-led coalition forces have killed 20 Taliban insurgents, many of them Pakistanis, in an air strike on Sunday night in Kajaki district of southern Helmand province, a provincial spokesman Dawud Ahmadi said on Monday.

Separately in Helmand, a roadside bomb killed six Afghan guards of a Western security firm, accompanying a NATO convoy, in another area of Helmand late on Sunday, another official said.

LOGAR - Taliban insurgents on Monday took the responsibility for abducting a member of the upper house of parliament Abdul Wali Ahmadzai and two of his guards on Sunday from Logar province which lies to the south of capital Kabul.

The Taliban could not be contacted immediately about the reported incidents at Helmand.

(Compiled by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Valerie Lee)

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