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Alleged Pakistani bomber, rebel leader arrested

Alleged Pakistani bomber, rebel leader arrested

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Apr 05, 2011 - 18:21

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): A Pakistani would-be suicide bomber and a senior Talibaninfo-icon commander have been arrested in southeastern Khost and in neighbouring Paktika province, officials said on Tuesday.

The alleged bomber, hailing from Pakistaninfo-icon’s North Waziristan, had intended to attack the police chief of Zazi Maidan district and was arrested late on Monday, Khost police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Hakeem Ishaqzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Zazi Maidan district police chief, Gen. Azizullah, said the attacker was arrested near the district centre, but he had no explosives at the time of his arrest.

“The detainee wanted to examine the area before launching his attack. His suspicious behaviour led to his arrest by security forces,” Azizullah said.

He hoped an investigation from the boy would lead to the arrest of the mastermind and those who had brought the suicide bomber to the district for attack.

In neighbouring Paktika, a senior Taliban commander has been arrested by security forces, the governor’s spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan, said.

The detainee, Sher Ahmad, was detained with a weapon in Urgun district on Tuesday afternoon.

Sher Ahmad, who remained in custody of coalition forces for three years was released last year, the official said, adding the commander did not renounce violence after his release and was arrested again.

The Taliban have made no comment so far on the arrest of their commander.

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