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Austrian Police Find 24 Afghan Migrants Locked in Van

The migrants, who narrowly escaped suffocation, were crammed into a space about 6 feet wide, 10 feet long and less than 6 feet high. A suspect has been arrested.

Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Attacks Government Office, Killing 4

New York Times Topic:Afghanistan - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:00
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded 50 people, in the Khyber tribal region, according to local news reports.

MHEWAR: Authorship Status in Afghanistan

TOLO News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 04:35

In this section of Mehwar host Fawad Aman discusses with Sayed Reza Mohammadi head of Afghanistan writers union about issues faced by the sector and challenges for authors affected by war.

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TAWDE KHABARE: Ghani Calls For Jihad To Fight Corruption

TOLO News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 04:24

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday strongly condemned corruption and called for a national Jihad to fight the scourge that has gripped the country.

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Speaking at a press conference at the Amani High School, in Kabul, Ghani spelt out in no uncertain terms that certain sectors are under scrutiny and sweeping changes will be brought in a bid to fight the problem.

Another area of major concern in terms of corruption is that of smuggling, said Ghani.

In conclusion, Ghani emphasized that government was committed to fighting corruption and said that they will take action against those involved in illicit dealings.

In this episode of Tawde Khabare, host Shapoor Bakhtiar discusses the issue with the following guests:

Gul Padshah Majidi, MP

Farhad Majidi, MP

Said Akram Afzali, Integrity Watch Public Relations chief (IWA)

Mufti Rahimullah Hanafi, religious scholar

 

FARAKHABAR: Dostum Returns to Kabul

TOLO News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 04:05

The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, who returned to Kabul on Monday after taking part in a month-long military operation in northern Afghanistan, said that Afghanistan's war is Pakistan's intelligence war.

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Dostum then called on President Ghani to allow him to eliminate terrorists in Kunduz province.

This comes after Dostum donned his military uniform and joined troops on the frontline in Faryab.

But what actually happened in Faryab province and what is going on in Afghanistan's political scene?

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guests:

Inayatullah Babar Farahmand, MP
Ahmad Sayedi, political analyst

Haqqani Member Jailed Under Fake Name For Two Years

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 16:07

One of the suspected Haqqani members arrested in Kabul recently by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) is believed to have been imprisoned in Pul-eCharkhi Prison under a false name for two years.


Documents uncovered by TOLOnews reveal that Israr Ahmad, an insurgent leader, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2012 after being found to be in possession of explosives and suicide vests. He was however pardoned by former president Hamid Karzai last year and freed.

"I was recruited by the Taliban group four years ago through my cousin who was famous as Almas. Then I was arrested with explosives and suicide vests and I was sentenced to six years in prison," said Israr Ahmad.
"I spent two years and two months in Pul-e-Charkhi Prison and then I was released."

TOLOnews reporter, Tamim Hamid who visited Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, checked the list of names of prisoners over the past few years. He was not able to find Israr Ahmad's name but did find the fake name he was supposedly registered under.
According to the reporter, they found his name by searching for Ahmad's father's name and other details.

Prison officials also confirmed that Ahmad was released following a decree by Karzai, which he issued during his last days in office.

"Israr Ahmad aka Naeem or Qudratullah. Who is he and how could he beguile security forces by using two or three names? How was he included in the presidential decree in pardoning prisoners?" asked Rafiullah Bidar Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission spokesman.

"We want a complete justice process in this regard. The decision should be made justly in order to safeguard citizen's rights," he said.

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TOLOnews 6pm News 01 September 2015

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:57

Top news in this Bulletin:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said it is ready to host the sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) which is scheduled to start on Thursday.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday strongly condemned corruption and called for a national Jihad to fight the scourge that has gripped the country.

Pakistan Rejects US Accusations Over Haqqani

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:46

Pakistan's National Security Advisor, Sartaj Aziz, on Tuesday rejected claims by the U.S National Security Advisor Susan Rice that his country had failed to act against Haqqani Network.

Speaking after a meeting with German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Aziz said Pakistan has ousted the insurgent group but added that Haqqani had simply moved across into Afghanistan – where they are now based.

"The infrastructure of the Haqqani Network in north Waziristan, which included IED (improvised explosive device) factories and a number of other facilities including communication [centers] has been destroyed, so what is left here may be very limited compared to the capacity they have in Afghanistan."

This comes after Rice called on Pakistan Monday, during a visit to Islamabad, to stop terrorist networks from carrying out attacks on Afghanistan from within its borders.

Meanwhile, the German Foreign Minister on his visit Tuesday to Islamabad asked Afghanistan and Pakistan to set aside their differences and put an end to past conflicts.

"We stand a chance to leave the strains of the past behind us, and if we can take President (Ashraf) Ghani's word, after talks that I had in the last few days, he too is convinced that only the overcoming of bilateral difficulties can bring success to the struggle against terrorism and the continuation of successful talks with certain groups," said Steinmeier.

It has long been suspected that the main stronghold of the Taliban and the Haqqani Network is in Pakistan but Pakistani politicians continue to deny this.

"Today, the region and the world have realized the truth of Afghanistan and always ask Pakistan to deal with terrorist groups who are active in Pakistan," said Syed Zafar Hashemi, President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman.

However, the Chairman of the Legislative Committee of Parliament, Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi said that in saying Haqqani's infrastructure has been destroyed in Pakistan, the government is now admitting to them having been there.

"From one side the continuation of the daily war against Afghanistan and from the other side the eviction of Haqqani Network from Pakistan, it means they [Haqqani Network] did exist in Pakistan, and we [Pakistan] funded them and equipped them and now we evicted them. This is a confession that Sartaj Aziz admitted," said Chairman of Legislative Committee of Parliament, Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi.

This comes after Washington recently cut its $1 billion USD aid program to Islamabad on the back of their decision that Pakistan was not doing enough towards counter-terrorism operations in north Waziristan in order to squash Haqqani.

The US has been reimbursing Pakistan for operations and maintenance costs incurred in direct support of its operations in Afghanistan since 2001. So far $13 billion USD has been reimbursed to Pakistan under this arrangement.

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Kabul Ready To Host RECCA Summit: MoFA

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:23

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said it is ready to host the sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) which is scheduled to start on Thursday.

Ministers from 30 countries and representatives from 40 international organizations will attend the two-day summit.

MoFA officials said the main topics of discussion over the two days will include economic projects, transit and trade cooperation, customs systems, employing of Afghan workers in Gulf countries, connecting Afghanistan with regional countries and an alternate transit route.

Officials said focus will also be given to strengthening ties with regional countries, adding that they will leave no stone unturned in a bid to receive more international assistance and aid in order to implement regional projects.

"Trade and infrastructure issues, tax collection and customs systems, creating facilities in other regional initiatives, overcoming hurdles, and details of implementing big projects like CASA-1000 and TAPI pipeline project will be discussed at the summit," said Wahidullah Waisi, director of the Economic Cooperation Department of MoFA.

MoFA spokesman, Shekib Mustaghni said: "The RECCA summit will reduce reluctance in implementing a number of big projects that will help improve regional cooperation and connecting the regional countries."

According to MoFA, economic analysts will discuss industries, mining sector and cooperation of private sector at sideline meetings at the summit.

NDS Arrest Taliban's Faryab Leader

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:54

A senior government official on Tuesday confirmed that the Taliban's shadow governor for Faryab province has been detained by the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

The Taliban commander, Qari Sallahuddin Ayoubi, was taken into custody while traveling on the Herat-Shindand road. He was apparently en-route to Quetta in Pakistan.

According to the source, Ayoubi was responsible for insurgent battles in Badghis, Faryab, Sar-e-Pol and Jawzjan province.

Balkh Rape Victim Seeks Justice

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:53

The family of a 14-year-old girl, who was recently raped by two men in northern Balkh province, has come forward and appealed to government to ensure justice is served and that those responsible are sent to prison.

The family of the girl has visited the Court of the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Mazar-e-Sharif city and asked them to address the case.

"We have been oppressed. We have come here to the court to seek justice. We want justice," said the girl's grandmother.

The family lives in the Sholgara district.

The grandmother said her granddaughter is a seventh grade student and was raped by two men about 20 days ago.

The girl's father told TOLOnews that he was not at home when two alleged suspects, Zabih and Basir, kidnapped his daughter at around 10pm at night and then raped her.

He said the act was unforgivable, and that: "We came here to seek justice. They did an un-Islamic act with my daughter."

He added: "The two perpetrators are married. They have families. They have committed such a bad act."

He said the girl was raped 20 days back but officials have not addressed the case because one of the suspects is allegedly the cousin of Sholgara district's criminal manager.

According to him, officials tried to hide the incident.

The victim herself has also called for justice to be served. "They took me to the desert at night. They must be punished."

Meanwhile, the head of the women's court in Mazar-e-Sharif, Fawzia Hamidi told TOLOnews that 16 cases of violence against women have been registered so far this year. She said most of the alleged perpetrators are local powerful figures.

"Most of the cases are committed by local powerful figures or the local commanders. They are still armed. They interfere in such issues as they have power and the people dare not raise their voices against them. They [the locals] accept any kind of pressure from such individuals," Hamidi said.

Balk police meanwhile said they have arrested two suspects in connection with the rape.

"We have arrested two individuals in connection with the case," Balkh police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat told TOLOnews.

There are however concerns that such incidents will be repeated if rapists go unpunished.

Australia Donates $21,000 To The Afghan Cricket Board

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:44

The Australian Ambassador in Kabul, Matt Anderson has donated $21,000 USD to Afghanistan's Cricket Board (ACB) and said that cricket in the country has improved significantly in recent times.

Anderson said that cricket has been institutionalized as a national sport in Afghanistan and because of this Australia took the decision to help develop the sport.

The development of cricket has also had a beneficial impact on the people of the country. "It provides your country with role models; it provides your country with the opportunity to put Afghanistan on the world stage in a positive light," Anderson said at an event held at the Australian Embassy.

"And anyone who follows cricket and follows the U-19 Asian Cup at the moment, even the last four games, you beat Kuwait, Nepal, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and we want to give you every opportunity to shine on the world stage. That's why we are supporting it," he said.

Meanwhile, Dost Mohammad Nazari, the acting CEO of the ACB said that the money will be spent in the local cricket section.

Australia has in the past provided assistance for Afghan cricketers. This year they facilitated training camps in Australia and New Zeland for the Afghan team ahead of this year's World Cup.

Military Airfields Being Handed Over To Govt

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:09

Eight airfields dotted around Afghanistan are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that many people hope will not only boost regional trade but even tourism.

The airfields, worth an estimated $2 billion USD, are scattered around the landlocked and mountainous country, whose lack of rail transport or secure roads makes almost every inter-city journey a perilous adventure - even without factoring in attacks from Taliban militants.

As the NATO mission winds down towards the end of next year, U.S Major General Todd Semonite, who oversees $5 billion USD in funding to Afghanistan's security sector, said the decision to transfer rather than close the airfields was made in the belief they could help jump start the economy.

Army Colonel Tom Tickner, the director of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan, said that most of the airfields are in operational condition, where some would need a bit of investment from Afghanistan and international investors who are willing to takeover.

Military teams are however, upgrading them ahead of an international road show organized by the Afghan and U.S governments due to be held in Dubai next month.

On offer are modern airports at Kandahar in the south, the biggest with a 20 km perimeter; Shindand and Herat in the western Herat province; Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Balkh province; Jalalabad in eastern Nangarhar province; as well as Bagram, 50 kms northeast of Kabul; and Kabul, adjacent to Kabul International Airport.

The global economic crisis has taken a toll on Afghanistan, which has been compounded by the recent departure of most international combat troops and charities.

Bases that fuelled local economies have closed, and those remaining - including the airfields - have been pared to skeleton staff, no longer employing thousands of locals to do laundry, carpentry, vehicle repair and translation.

Speaking on the handover, Resolute Support Maj. Gen. Semonite said: "Mez (Mazar-e-Sharif), Herat and Kandahar have always been at the intersection of basically the ring road and major avenues coming into the country, so those three nodes are very popular. They have a lot of interest in the private sector already. We think that those would really, really flourish."

Chairperson of the airport development project, Mohammad Daud Sultanzoy said meanwhile that: "These airports will serve as land bridges that will connect both Afghanistan internally and connect Afghanistan to south Asia and central Asia, so the land bridge vision will be fulfilled."

Afghan Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Daoud Ali Najafi said: "If it goes to the private sector, if we can attract investors to invest in these airports, to run these airports, because at first, the government does not have the capacity to keep open these airports. This is one issue, and the second issue; corruption might be, this is my opinion, increased when we keep all these airports with the government."

Migrant Trains Arrive in Austria As Crisis Deepens

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:09

Trains packed with migrants arrived in Austria's capital where 20,000 people turned out to show their support for the new arrivals, as Europe struggled to cope with the biggest movement of people since World War II.

A total of 3,650 migrants reached Vienna by train, this year's biggest daily number, Austrian police said.

"We are still in the process of verifying how many of them are actually asylum-seekers," Austrian police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told AFP.

Authorities in Budapest have allowed the migrants, who had been stuck for days in makeshift refugee camps at the city's stations, to board trains for their ultimate destinations in northern Europe.

The trains were stopped at the Austrian border for several hours as part of a security crackdown after the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, four of them children, were discovered in an abandoned lorry near the Hungarian border last week.

"I'm going to Germany!" cried one grinning migrant from Afghanistan standing by the doors of a packed train at Westbahnhof.

Europe is on the receiving end of the biggest movement of people since World War II, with more than 300,000 arriving this year, many fleeing war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

The escalating crisis has divided the 28-member bloc ahead of fresh emergency talks on September 14, with Western European leaders calling for more efforts to help the new arrivals while countries on its eastern borders say they are struggling to cope.

In a show of support for the migrants, 20,000 people took to the streets of Vienna on Monday evening to protest their ill-treatment, while senior government officials attended a church service for the victims of the truck tragedy.

Holding up large banners reading "Refugees welcome" and "I don't want Europe to be a mass grave", demonstrators rallied at the Westbahnhof train station before marching as they sang songs about love and solidarity.

Bystanders erupted into applause as the demonstrators, among them parents carrying children on their shoulders, headed down a major shopping thoroughfare watched by police officers with their helmets under their arms.

Not far away, a service was held at St. Stephen's Cathedral for the scores of migrants found dead in the van.

"We've had enough -- enough of the deaths, the suffering and the persecution," the archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, told the congregation, which included senior government members.

Five suspected people smugglers, four Bulgarians and an Afghan, have been arrested in Hungary over the deaths of the migrants, all thought to be Syrian.

The deaths have also led to a security crackdown in Austria and massive tailbacks formed on the border with Hungary on Monday as officers inspected vehicles in search of people-smugglers and migrants.

More than 200 migrants have been picked up and five suspected people smugglers arrested since the checks started on Sunday.

Much-flouted EU rules stipulate that refugees should be processed in the first country they reach, but Hungary -- like Austria, a country of transit for migrants heading to northern Europe -- says it cannot host record numbers of newcomers.

An AFP correspondent at Budapest's main station described scenes of chaos as throngs of migrants surged forward to catch the last Munich-bound train via Vienna on Monday evening. Many had spent their day queuing for tickets to Austria and Germany.

"I can't believe I'm finally leaving Budapest, it's been very difficult," said Ephran, an 18-year-old Syrian, clutching a rucksack as he waited with his two brothers and mother.

Meanwhile, some 400 travel-weary migrants who had departed Hungary earlier in the day arrived by train in Bavaria, southern Germany, where they were taken to refugee centres in Rosenheim and Munich.

Ghani Calls For Jihad To Fight Corruption

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 08:11

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday strongly condemned corruption and called for a national Jihad to fight the scourge that has gripped the country.

Speaking at a press conference at the Amani High School, in Kabul, Ghani spelt out in no uncertain terms that certain sectors are under scrutiny and sweeping changes will be brought in a bid to fight the problem.

Ghani said that if corruption turns into an organized phenomenon it becomes like a "cancerous lesion" that can threaten the essence of the nation. During his speech he urged the Ulema Council to assist and launch Jihad against corruption.

But in rooting out the problem he said efforts have to start in schools and mosques – but he also spelt out a number of sectors of primary concern.

One is that relating to government contracts. He says 350 projects have been reviewed by the National Procurement Authority. However, 28 have been rejected because of non-compliance with procurement law and that 8.5 billion Afs was saved by government through this review process.

Another area of major concern is that of property- and land-grabbing in Afghanistan. He said one of the problems is that owners do not possess title deeds to property they own in accordance with customary law.

Ghani said that for example, 65 percent of industries in Kabul do not have title deeds to their properties. However, government is working on resolving the problem and will issue legal deeds to those who own property.

Ghani said another major problem within the sphere of corruption is that of drugs. He said today there are an estimated 3.5 million drug addicts in Afghanistan.

According to him, the drug problem is also a driving force behind corruption. "Growers, producers and those who process, traffic and consume narcotics are all responsible," he said.

"To fight the criminal economy and mafia-like activities, government has focused efforts on developing agriculture through investment and support," he said adding that he wants Afghanistan to develop into a nation known for its legitimate exports.

In addition, he stated that government wants to restore the trade balance and prevent the importation of unhealthy foodstuffs from some of Afghanistan's neighbors.

Another area of major concern in terms of corruption is that of smuggling, said Ghani.

According to him, political influence and interference is a primary reason for corruption in the customs sector. He says shortcomings in the customs system has contributed to the spread of corruption and smuggling.

Ghani announced that in tackling this, government has decided to bring reforms in the customs sector and create customs police and establish a customs academy.

Another issue was that of mines – and their contracts. He said these contracts are apparently not transparent and that they are currently under review.

Meanwhile, the issue of historical antiques and artifacts of national heritage was also raised and he said that over the years, millions of dollars' worth of such relics has been smuggled out of the country.

Touching on the Kabul Bank issue, he said that all documents relating to the multi-million dollar corruption scandal have been reviewed and currently government is recouping the money.

In line with this, he said all banks in the country have come under scrutiny and that reforms to the sector can be expected.

In conclusion, Ghani emphasized that government was committed to fighting corruption and said that they will take action against those involved in illicit dealings.

He said the country needs a national Jihad to eliminate the scourge and thanked the Ulema Council for "caring about the issue of corruption".

Ghani said it is one of government's main tasks to fight corruption and that they have undertaken fundamental measures to eliminate the problem.

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Gunmen Kill Baghlan's Chief Military Attorney

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:37

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Baghlan's Chief Military Attorney Sayed Munawar Shah early Tuesday morning, local officials said.

The incident happened in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of the province, when gunmen opened fire on Munawar Shah while he was on his way to his office, the deputy head of the public health department Dr. Abdul Alim Ghafari said.

Baghlan police have not yet commented on the incident.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Recently, insurgents increased their activities in the province and frequently target security posts and local government officials.

Dostum Returns to Kabul, Calls For Russia's Help

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 06:23

The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, who returned to Kabul on Monday after taking part in a month-long military operation in northern Afghanistan, has called on Russia to provide Afghan security forces with military hardware including aircraft.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul late Monday night, Dostum said that "they [Russia] should not be silent. Our security forces need aircraft, helicopters and equipment. A lot of our equipment is already from Russia. They should help our security forces," he said.

In addition, he raised the issue of Daesh and said the group is not only a threat to Afghanistan but a threat to the entire region.

"Everyone knows that Afghanistan is not the only country on their [Daesh] plan. If their plan was only Afghanistan – what are Uzbek and Chechen [insurgents] doing here," Gen. Dostum asked.

"The [Daesh] plan is the Caucasus Mountains, Russia and central Asia. You are watching Syria and Iraq being destroyed and they want to destabilize the security in central Asia," Dostum said.

Referring to the northern battle, Dostum said troops have now cleared northern Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces and "it is now the duty of the security organizations to maintain stability in these provinces."

Dostum joined the security forces on the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier this month and survived at least two assassination plots and ambushes by insurgents groups.

Before his return to Kabul, Dostum said on Monday that plots against Afghanistan in Sar-e-Pul by Pakistan's Inter-Services intelligence (ISI) have been foiled after the Taliban were defeated in Kohistanat district.

This comes after the military operation that Dostum was leading managed to stamp out insurgents in the area and restore law-and-order.

He termed the retaking of Kohistanat as a big victory and congratulated the people for it.

Dostum called on Kohistanat residents to unite, and work hard at maintaining security in the district. He also appealed to the locals to prevent the Taliban from making a comeback in the area.

A number of tribal elders in Sar-e-Pul praised Dostum's efforts to stabilize the province.

Dostum said a few weeks back that he had donned his military uniform and joined troops in the north in a bid to eliminate insurgents, motivate security forces and ensure security.

The mountainous areas in the province can serve as a safe haven for the insurgents therefore the security forces were asked by Dostum to adopt serious measures to prevent the infiltration of the Taliban into these areas; otherwise the locals said they will once again witness insecurity in the district.

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Afghanistan’s Electoral Reform Plan Is Met With Skepticism

New York Times Topic:Afghanistan - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 05:00
Some of the reactions to the proposals made clear that they would not signal a quick end to the reform process and the gridlock within the Afghan government.

FaraKhabar: Controversy Over Omar's Successor Fuels Taliban Strife

TOLO News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 04:22

Clashes between feuding Taliban fighters over Mullar Omar's successor, has reportedly escalated into a full scale war among two factions in Zabul province in southern Afghanistan.

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Reports illustrate that the armed confrontation has left a number of casualties among the two sides.

But the question is does government look to benefit out of this brawl?

In this episode of Farakhabar, host Yama Siavash discusses the topic with the following guests:

• Jawed Kohistani, military analyst
• Younus Fakoor, military analyst

NDS Arrests 30 Haqqani Militants Over Kabul Attacks

TOLO News - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 16:46

Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday announced they had arrested 30 militants associated with the Haqqani terror network who were allegedly involved in the recent airport and Macrorayan suicide attacks in Kabul.

The Afghan spy agency stated that the arrests came after a complicated operation. They said the detained suspects had been planning to attack key government buildings, including the ministries of defense and interior, the Presidential Palace and the US embassy.

Some security sources told TOLOnews on condition of anonymity that high-quality explosives – RDX - were also found during the operation.

RDX is an acronym for Research Department Explosive, which is an explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications - only international military research institutions are authorized to produce and manufacture such material.

Meanwhile, one suspected Haqqani commander, Israr Ahmad, who was arrested on Monday told TOLOnews: "I was sentenced to six years jail term, but spent two years in Pul-e-Charkhi jail (in Kabul) and was then released. I stayed at home for some time following my release and then opened a shop in Sadr area of Peshawar [capital city of Pakistani province of Khaibar Pakhtoonkhaw] then a guy known as Qari Eshaq asked me to come to Kabul and work with them."

"Before assuming the job, another person known as Maulavi Rohullah was appointed as Deh Sabz [Haqqani] district governor. But later on I was appointed to the post, because I was a native of Deh Sabz district," said the "shadow" governor of Deh Sabz, Hikmatollah, another member who was detained.

The initial investigations reveal the recent attacks on Kabul airport and the 4th Microrayan had been plotted by the same group.

Referring to Monday's successful operation by the NDS, a number of residents in Kabul have called on the relevant Afghan judicial and legal bodies to bring the perperators to justice and execute them.

"Government should mete out severe punishment to these individuals so that it can be a lesson to their counterparts," Saida Jan, a resident of Kabul told TOLOnews on Monday.

This latest Kabul operation is one of the biggest anti-terror assaults by the Afghan spy agency in recent weeks – a move that could help show the NDS is capable of conducting solid surveillance and professional operations in intelligence gathering in their quest to prevent terror plots from happening, said security sources.

In addition, similar explosives seized recently on the Kabul-Paktia highway had also apparently been prepared from the same material, RDX.

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