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Jalalabad assault planned in Pakistan: Bashari

Jalalabad assault planned in Pakistan: Bashari

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Feb 20, 2011 - 16:06

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The death toll from Saturday's gun and bomb attack on a private bank in eastern Nangarhar province has reached 37 and a Pakistani suicide bomber has been arrested, an interior ministry official said on Sunday.

Gunmen wearing explosives vests stormed a branch office of the country's largest bank, Kabul Bank, in Jalalabad, as government servants and security officials queued up to receive salaries.

Lasting several hours, the attack began at 11:30am and involved five suicide bombers, the ministry spokesman, Zmaray Bashari, told a press conference in Kabul.

Four of the bombers were killed in clashes with security forces and a fifth captured alive, he said. Belonging to the North Waziristan tribal region, the detainee has introduced himself as Razam Shah, Bashari said.

Shah has confessed that the attack was planned in Pakistaninfo-icon, according to the spokesman, who said: "The detainee is currently under investigation."

At least 48 people are under treatment at the Jalalabad Civil Hospital. The dead included 21 security officials, including two policemen, who had come to the bank to collect salaries and the rest were civilians, Bashari said.

In a separate press conference, defence ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, said that seven Afghan soldiers were killed and five others wounded in the deadliest attacks in months.

As usual, the Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack. Rebel spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the assailants from Nangarhar and Logar provinces targeted Afghan security forces.

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