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7-man gang involved in Kandahar target killings busted

7-man gang involved in Kandahar target killings busted

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Jul 30, 2015 - 19:58

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Intelligence officials busted a seven-member gang allegedly involved in target killings during a raid in the capital of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Thursday.

The governor’s spokesman, Samim Khpalwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees had been involved in target killings and other crimes.

They included Hussain Shah Agha aka Maulviinfo-icon Agha who spearheaded the gang that had been active targeting police and other government officials, he said.

The detainees were being interrogated and had confessed to their involvement in killing a number of police and government officials, Khpalwak said.

The group had been planning to carry out terrorist attacks during Eidul Fitr holidays, but National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) officials detected their residence and arrested them all.

The official said 25 landmine’s remote control devices, 25 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 40 metres of wire, three landmines, two rocket shells and other ammunition were recovered from the seven-member gang.

NDS officials have previously arrested a large number of people accused of murders and other crimes.

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