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Bomber says he was told to kill everyone in bank

Bomber says he was told to kill everyone in bank

Feb 20, 2011 - 20:08

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): The only surviving suicide attacker said on Sunday that he was told to kill everyone inside Kabulinfo-icon Bank's branch in Jalalabad.

On Saturday, five suicide bombers stormed the bank in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing and wounding dozens of people.

Four of the bombers were killed by security forces and a fifth was captured alive, Governor Gul Agha Sherzai told a press conference.

He put the toll at 40 dead and 75 wounded. The fatalities included 35 security officials. Five civilians and bank workers were also killed.

After Sherzai allowed him to speak to journalists, the detainee said he had received militant training at a religious school belonging to the Haqqani militant group in Pakistaninfo-icon's tribal region of South Waziristan.

His teacher, Maulviinfo-icon Nazir Gul, sent him to Jalalabad for carrying out the suicide attack, which was planned in Waziristan, said Zar Ajam, 25.

"I was told to kill everyone at the premises of Kabul Bank and that their killing is legitimate," said Ajam, who was brought to Nangarhar with the help of an Afghan.

He spent three nights at the residence of Mahmood, a Kunar resident, in the Maulvi Khalis Families area. A day before the incident, he said, they checked the location of the bank.

He opened indiscriminate fire at people as soon as he entered the building. "When I ran out of bullets, I phoned Mahmood and he told me to take off the army uniform and get out of the bank in plainclothes."

As he did so, he was captured by police outside the building. Journalists were also shown a 30-minute video, in which Ajam fired at people on his way to the bank.

The attacker said his accomplices included two residents of Waziristan and as many Afghans.

Based on information provided by Ajam, three people -- including Mahmood -- had been arrested in Nangarhar and Laghman and search for a fourth suspect was underway, the governor said.

Nangarhar being a large province lacked an adequate security force, said the governor, who the high death toll to the attackers wearing Afghan military uniforms.


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