Lockdown at Afghan ministry after threat

2012-03-27 19:00

Kabul - The Afghan defence ministry was locked down for two hours after authorities received intelligence that the highly secured compound in the heart of Kabul was under threat of attack.

Two Afghan officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter, said later that the threat emerged from a faulty intelligence report.

Several news organisations reported on Monday that nearly a dozen vests packed with explosives were found, and more than a dozen suspects, including Afghan soldiers, were arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack the ministry.

The ministry issued two statements on Tuesday, both calling the media reports baseless.