Osama has major role in Afghan turmoil: NDS
KABUL (PAN): The Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, had a key role in fueling insurgency in Afghanistan and his killing was a big achievement in the war on terror, the country's spy service said Saturday.
The world's most wanted man and the alleged mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US was killed Monday in Pakistan when US commandos stormed his compound in the town of Abbottabad.
The covert raid was carried out without the prior knowledge of the Pakistani authorities, increasing tension between the two countries.
"Most of Afghans now feel safe as Osama is gone", the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman, Lotfullah Mashal, told a press conference in Kabul.
"The death of Osama does not mean the end of terrorism, because Al Qaeda is like a spider net spreading over Afghanistan and other countries," he said.
On Saturday, the Taliban militants said the martyrdom of Osama bin Laden will further encourage them to wage the insurgency against foreign invaders.
On Friday, the Al Qaeda in a statement said Osama's blood would not be "wasted" and al-Qaeda would continue to attack the US and its allies. Bin Laden's death would be a "curse" for the US and urged an uprising in Pakistan, the statement added.
"The killing of Osama indicates that the war on terror is not issue of Afghanistan, but it is a regional and international issue," Mashal said, urging neighbouring countries and the world community to honestly pursue the war.
He said according to their information, 90 percent leaders of the Taliban were in Pakistan, particularly in the area, where the Al Qaeda leader was killed. He said the presence of militant and Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan had been time and again discussed with Pakistani and NATO officials.
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