7-member squad of suicide attackers held in Kabul: NDS
The group linked to Sirajuddin Haqqani terrorist network had the intention to launch suicide attacks on shrines during Nowruz, which marks the start of new Afghan year, the spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, Lutfullah Mashal, told reporters.
He identified the detainees as Shukurullah, Javed, Hidayatullah, Naqibullah, Sarajuddin and Mateaullah. Three of them were brothers of ages 16, 17 and 19, Mashal said.
The brothers were tasked with launching a gun and then suicide attack in the shrines of Kart-i-Sakhi, Shah Shaheed and others in Kabul city, he added.
A suicide attacks facilitator, Matiullah, also detained, who was a cook in a madrasa in Mosahi district of Kabul, had introduced the three to a Taliban group.
Matiullah said he had joined the Taliban in Miranshah city of Pakistan, where he received training from a person named Sayed Ikram.
Matiullah was paid 3,500 Pakistani rupees (1,853.61 afghanis) for planting a bomb near a police checkpoint in Muradkhani area of Kabul city last year that killed a policeman and wounded four others, according to Mashal.
The NDS spokesman said: “Matiullah was sent to Kabul by Miranshah-based commander Bismillah to work as cook in Muftah-ul-Uloom madrasa in Qalacha area of Kabul to conduct terrorist attacks.”
During his stay in the madrasa, Matiullah was able to convince students including Shukrullah, Obeidullah, Hidayatullah and Javed to join the Taliban and sent Shukrullah to Miranshah for training.
After 15 days, Shukrullah had returned to Kabul and Matiullah was arrested in southeastern Khost province on his return from Pakistan, where he went to bring explosives, Mashal said.
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