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Pakistan truce won't derail Afghan vote: MoI

Pakistan truce won't derail Afghan vote: MoI

Mar 20, 2014 - 17:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday claimed religious seminaries teaching terrorism in Pakistaninfo-icon had been closed and their pupils sent to Afghanistaninfo-icon for attacks.

The claim comes after 18 people, including 10 police officers, were killed and more than 20 others wounded in a coordinated insurgent assault on a police station in the eastern city of Jalalabad this morning.

The Talibaninfo-icon have claimed credit for the brazen attack that involved seven suicide bombers. The assault also left 14 police officers wounded and began around 5am when a car equipped with explosives hit the gate to the police compound.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior said terrorists having supporters across the border were trying to destabilise Afghanistan with their attacks.

The ministry said the attack in Jalalabad and that in Faryab province were aimed to disrupt the April elections and scare away the Afghans from deciding their future.

“Based on intelligence information, seminaries used as training centres for terrorists across the Durand Lineinfo-icon have been closed over the past one month and their students have been sent to Afghanistan for attacks,” statement said.

The Interior Ministry also said the Afghans were concerned about the ceasefire between Pakistani Taliban and government and they hoped the arrangement had no connection with the April elections in Afghanistan.

The ministry said Afghan security forces had been able to thwart well-planned terrorist attacks aimed at disrupting the ballot.


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