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FACTBOX - Security developments in Afghanistan, April 18

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Afghanistan reported as of 2 a.m ET on Saturday:

LOGAR - NATO-led and Afghan troops killed three militants in Logar province just a few dozen kilometres (miles) southwest of Kabul on Saturday, the alliance said.

KANDAHAR - Afghan and NATO-led forces killed an unknown number of militants when they blew up a bunker on Saturday morning during a mission to capture a senior Taliban commander in Maywand district, 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Kabul.

The troops fired on several militants hiding in an underground bunker, and after they refused to comply, air support was called in to bomb their hideout.

Afterwards troops searched nearby compounds and detained one suspected militant.

KANDAHAR - Explosives planted on a bicycle were detonated remotely when a police vehicle was passing by, killing one woman and wounding two police officers, two children and one man, in Kandahar city, 450 km (280 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Friday, according to police officer Ahmadullah Khan.

KHOST - NATO and Afghan forces killed one militant and detained two others when they were spotted placing an improvised explosive device (IED) on a road in Khost province, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kabul, on Friday.

Three militants were spotted by an unmanned spy plane, and attacked as they placed the IED. One was killed but forces tracked two wounded men to a nearby house where they detained them and found equipment for constructing home-made bombs.

NANGARHAR - Afghan commandos on Friday detained a militant in Nangarhar Province, 120 km (75 miles) east of Kabul, after a tip-off from locals that a housing compound belonged to someone suspected of facilitating insurgent activities in the area.

FARAH - Afghan and coalition forces killed two militants in Farah province, around 650 km (400 miles) southwest of Kabul, when they came under fire while conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol on Friday.

Compiled by Emma Graham-Harrison; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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