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FACTBOX - Security developments in Afghanistan, Dec 23

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Dec 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1300 GMT on Wednesday:

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BAGHLAN - Police shot dead an Afghan senator and his son near Pol-i-Khomri, the provincial capital of northern Baghlan province, after their car ran a checkpoint overnight, the provincial governor and police chief said. [ID:nSGE5BM0G7]

HELMAND - Three civilians were killed and four wounded when an explosive device detonated in a bazaar in Nad Ali district in southern Helmand province, said Daoud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor.

The apparent target was soldiers passing by at the time, one of whom was reported wounded, Ahmadi said.

KANDAHAR - Two civilians were killed and three wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

* HELMAND - A British soldier was killed by a suspected roadside bomb while on foot patrol in Sangin district of Helmand province on Tuesday, the British Defence Ministry said.

HELMAND - A British soldier died on Tuesday from wounds sustained during a firefight the previous day in Sangin district of Helmand province, the British Defence Ministry said.

PAKTIA - Afghan and international security forces killed "several" militants, including a Taliban commander responsible for roadside bomb attacks, in Zormat district of southeastern Paktia province, the NATO-led force said.

ZABUL - Afghan and international forces killed one militant during a joint operation in Jaldak district of southern Zabul province, the NATO-led force said.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the reports. (Compiled by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Sugita Katyal) (For more Reuters coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, see: http://www.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/afghanistanpakistan)

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