Suicide bomber, his handler held in Jalalabad
JALALABAD/SHARAN (Pajhwok): Intelligence officials on Monday detained an alleged suicide bomber and his handler from a car in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangrahar province.
The two were travelling in a car when National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials detained them in the Behsud Pul area, a statement from the governor’s house said.
The suicide bomber belonged to Batikot district and his handle to the Khogyani district, it said, adding the two wanted to enter Jalalabad for carrying out a suicide attack
The statement said the detained individuals had confessed to their intention to carry out a suicide attack after arriving from neighbouring Kunar province. They were being grilled at an NDS detention facility.
Elsewhere, police rescued an 11-year-old boy from his kidnappers in northeastern Takhar province on Monday, two days after he had been kidnapped from Taloqan, the provincial capital.
Provincial acting police chief Col. Haji Mohammad Agha Daud told Pajhwok Afghan News the boy had been kidnapped from the Cheshma Sher area of Taloqan.
The kidnappers shifted the child, Abdul Halim, to Khwaja Changal area, 15 km away from Taloqan. His kidnappers identified as Zargai and Haqqanuddin were detained and the boy was reunited with his family, he said.
He said the detained men were associated with a group previously led by a notorious criminal Raees Khudaidad, who had been hanged after his arrest and conviction last year.
In southeastern Paktika province, two insurgents were killed and four others wounded during a clash with security forces in the Matakhan district on Monday afternoon, an official said.
Acting police chief Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai said bodies of the two dead insurgents had been shifted to the provincial police headquarters.
The four insurgents injured in the clash had been taken along by their fleeing comrades, he said, adding one machinegun, one Kalashnikov and Pakistani ID cards were recovered from the dead insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed two policemen were killed in a bomb attack in Paktika’s Onmi district, a claim rejected by local officials.
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