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FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Aug 10

Aug 10 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1530 on Monday.

PUL-E-ALAM - At least three Afghan police and two civilians were killed when Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers attacked government buildings in Pule-e-Alam in Logar province, about 70 km (45 miles) south of Kabul, a spokesman for the Logar governor said. The Taliban said six fighters wearing vests packed with explosives entered government buildings. Reuters reporters and witnesses said gunbattles lasted several hours and at least three loud explosions were heard. Abdul Rahim, an aid worker in a nearby building, said five police were killed and 26 people wounded. He said at least three of the attackers were dressed as women in burqas.

TAKHAR - Two female candidates running in provincial elections this month survived attacks in northern Takhar province on Sunday, police said. Maria Temori was attacked by gunmen in Dargat district, Takhar police chief Ziauddin Mahmoodi said. He said one of Temori's supporters and a policeman were wounded and two of the gunmen were killed. In the second attack, unidentified gunmen tried to burn down the house of candidate Sohaila Joya in Takhar's Yanga Qala district but were stopped by other residents, Mahmoodi said.

Compiled by Kabul bureau; Editing by Paul Tait