Afghans arrest 5 'Taliban' over bomb plot

2013-04-19 17:56
(AFP, File)

(AFP, File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kabul -Afghan authorities said Friday they have arrested five Taliban insurgents who were planning suicide attacks on civilians in the capital Kabul and another city later this month.

Police arrested the four men and one woman in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Thursday and seized four suicide bomb vests and C-4 explosives along with other weapons, the interior ministry said.

"They were trained outside Afghanistan's borders and have confessed their crime," ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi told a news conference.

He said the five Afghans were linked to the Taliban and the Haqqani network and were arrested "as they were preparing to launch a co-ordinated attack on civilian facilities on 27-28 April" in Kabul and Jalalabad.

28 April, Victory Day, is a public holiday marking the mujahideen's overthrow in 1992 of the Soviet-backed government of Mohammad Najibullah.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the Afghan government since they were toppled from power by a US-led invasion in 2001.

The Haqqani network, a faction of the Taliban, was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a mujahideen leader against Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s who is now based with his family in Pakistan.

Haqqani is close to al-Qaeda and his fighters are active across east and southeastern Afghanistan and in Kabul.

Read more on:    taliban  |  al-qaeda  |  afghanistan  |  middle east peace

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.