11 terrorists arrested: Afghan official

21:40, July 21, 2010      

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Afghan National Security Directorate (NSD) in Afghan capital Kabul has arrested 11 terrorists, who were tasked to attack and disrupt an international conference on Afghanistan held in Kabul on Tuesday, spokesman of NSD Seyd Ansari said on Wednesday.

"Three groups of terrorists totaling 11 individuals, who were attempting to attack the Kabul Conference and challenge security for the event, were detained by personnel of NSD," Ansari told a press briefing here.

The spokesman of the intelligence body also said in the first operation security forces went to house in the city on Sunday night after intelligence report indicated presence of suspected individuals inside the house but a woman suicide bomber inside blew herself up killing only herself and triggering gun fight in the midnight.

He said another terrorist was killed during the gunfight but five more including two male suicide bombers Saifullah and Mohammad Zahir had been detained by NSD forces.

According the intelligence agency Ansari the second gang of five persons, who also wanted to attack the first international conference held inside the war-torn Afghanistan, was detained over the past week in east of Afghan capital.

The last individual Abdul Rashid who planned to launch rocket attack during the event was detained in western part of the Kabul city, Ansari further said.

No civilian or security personnel was injured during the operations, he stated.

He noted that the personnel of the intelligence body by foiling such attacks ensured full proof security for the conference in which United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and over 40 foreign ministers attended it.

Forces also seized several weapons including a morter with 28 rounds, a rocket-proppled grenade and several machine guns and explosive materials.

He also said that all individuals had confessed that they were sent by Taliban leadership; however, the outfit has yet to make comments.

Early in the day, deputy to Afghan Interior Ministry Mohammad Munir Mangal also said the some terrorists were detained before opening Kabul Conference in the capital city but he did not give the exact number of the suspected terrorists.

Source: Xinhua


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