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Kabul attack planned outside Afghanistan: Muhammadi

Kabul attack planned outside Afghanistan: Muhammadi

Sep 15, 2011 - 19:42

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The latest suicide attacks in Kabul that left 27 people dead were planned from outside Afghanistaninfo-icon, Interior Minister Bismillah Muhammadi alleged on Thursday.

Several gunmen, equipped with heavy and light weapons, stormed a high-rise building under construction near the Abdul Haq Square in the heavily-fortified city at around 1:30pm on Tuesday.

They fired rockets at the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) office, the US embassy, NATOinfo-icon headquarters and some government compounds.

Muhammadi said six mobile phones found in the multi-storey building showed the assailants received directives from abroad until their last moments.

"The burqainfo-icon-clad militants, ordered from outside Afghanistan, informed callers about the attacks," the minister said, without elaborating on where the assaults were plotted.

He believed the people of Afghanistan would never see peace as long as insurgent sanctuaries outside the country were not eradicated. The assailants entered Kabul in a mini-coach, he added.

The clearing operation lasted 20 hours because the rebels started hurling hand grenades at policemen when they reached the eighth storey, he told a questioner. The delay was aimed to minimise police casualties.

Hours earlier, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in San Francisco the rocket strikes and a truck bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, conducted by the Haqqani Networkinfo-icon, were planned in Pakistaninfo-icon.

"We will have to launch an operation against the Haqqani Network in Pakistan," he said. The US would take any steps to prevent attacks from Pakistan against its interests in Afghanistan, he said



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