Factbox - Security developments in Afghanistan, 20 Sep 2008

KABUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1400 GMT on Saturday:

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* EASTERN AFGHANISTAN - Two soldiers from the NATO-led force were killed when their patrol struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said. It did not release the nationality of the soldiers.

SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN - A soldier from the U.S.-led coalition force and two Afghans were killed when their vehicle hit an IED in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

It did not release the nationality of the soldier.

PAKTIKA - Insurgents fired rockets at a NATO-led military base in the southeastern province of Paktika on Friday, the alliance said. Four civilians, including one child, were killed when rockets landed in a nearby field.

HELMAND - Soldiers from the NATO-led force shot dead one civilian in Sangin district of southern Helmand province, when the civilian failed to stop approaching a foot patrol, after two warning shots were fired, the alliance said.

NANGARHAR - Afghan commando forces killed five insurgents and detained six more during heavy clashes in eastern Nangarhar province on Friday, the Defence Ministry said.

KABUL - Afghan and foreign military forces have agreed to suspend offensive operations against insurgents for a 24 hour period starting at midnight on Saturday to respect World Peace Day on 21 September.

A spokesman for the Taliban told Reuters that one day of peace carried little meaning for them and that peace would only come when the foreign forces leave Afghanistan.

(Compiled by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Robert Hart)


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