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FACTBOX: Security developments in Afghanistan, April 19

(Reuters) - Following are security developments reported in Afghanistan as of 2:00 p.m. British time (1300 GMT) on Sunday:

* denotes new or updated items.

* KABUL - A suicide bomber was killed in Kabul on Sunday when explosives attached to his body went off prematurely during an attack against foreign troops on a road, the interior ministry said.

FARAH - Taliban guerrillas attacked an Afghan police checkpoint late on Saturday, in an area some 635 km (395 miles) southwest of Kabul, killing five policemen, said Afghan army Lt. Col. Khalil Nehmatullah, a battalion commander in the area.

The guerrillas killed one policeman in the melee, captured four others, took them to another location and executed them as revenge for an incident earlier this week in which U.S. special forces and Afghan police killed five Taliban fighters, he said.

* LOGAR - Afghan and NATO-led troops killed a wanted insurgent commander in Logar province south of the capital on Saturday, the alliance said in a statement.

The troops came under fire during the raid and called in air strikes, killing three insurgents including a woman, it said. Two males were detained. NATO denied media reports the casualties were civilians.

The Taliban could not be reached immediately for comment about any of the reports.

Reporting by Golnar Motevalli in Farah and Kabul bureau; Compiled by Sayyed Salahuddin

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