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Factbox - Security developments in Afghanistan, 20 Oct 2008

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Oct 20 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1130 GMT on Monday:

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* KABUL - Two gunmen killed a British woman working for a Christian aid agency in the Afghan capital, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying she was killed for spreading Christian propaganda.

* KUNDUZ - A suicide bomber hit a convoy of German troops in the northern province of Kunduz, some 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Kabul, killing five children and seriously wounding at least two of the soldiers, a senior police official said.

A spokesman for the NATO-led force said there were "some fatalities" among the troops but declined to state the nationalities of the soldiers.

MAYDAN WARDAK - Soldiers from the NATO-led force killed more than 20 insurgents during two days of fighting in the Jalrez and Nirkh districts of Maydan Wardak province, 55 km (35 miles) southwest of Kabul, the alliance said.

* FARYAB - Unidentified gunmen ambushed a police vehicle in Gorziwan district of Faryab province, 350 km (215 miles) northwest of Kabul, killing four policemen, including the district police chief, the provincial police chief said.

HELMAND - A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province, 555 km (345 miles) southwest of Kabul, the British military said. There were no other casualties as a result of the blast.

PAKTIA - U.S.-led coalition forces detained eight suspected militants in Zadran district of eastern Paktia province, 135 km (85 miles) south of Kabul, on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

(Compiled by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Paul Tait)

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