Afghans capture Pakistani would-be suicide bomber: Official

By AFP
Published: May 3, 2012

The potential bomber was driving a truck packed with 1,000 kilograms of explosives. PHOTO: FILE

KABUL: Afghan intelligence forces claimed on Thursday that they had foiled a large attack in Kabul, after arresting a Pakistani would-be suicide bomber driving a truck packed with 1,000 kilograms of explosives.

The man was arrested early Thursday on a major road in Kabul’s Pule Charkhi district east of the city. The same area had been hit on Wednesday in a suicide attack on a guesthouse complex used by foreigners, a spokesman said.

“If this amount could have been used, it would have caused a huge, deadly disaster,” Afghan intelligence agency spokesman Lutfullah Mashal told AFP.

“The arrested Pakistani suicide bomber was in his 20s and from the tribal parts of Pakistan,” said Mashal.

The arrest came on the day designated by Taliban insurgents as the start of their spring offensive and a day after a suicide car bomb on the same road killed at least seven people just hours after US President Barack Obama left the city.

Afghanistan accuses that the Taliban, a hardline group fighting to topple the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, is based in Pakistan and allegedly has the support of that country’s intelligence service.

Three weeks ago, Afghan intelligence forces said they had arrested five insurgents, three Pakistanis and two Afghans, who planned to use 10 tonnes of explosives in crowded parts of Kabul in multiple attacks.

A major attack in the capital on April 15, when squads of Taliban fired on embassies, foreign military bases and government targets, was blamed by Karzai on a failure of the intelligence services.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • G. Din
    May 4, 2012 - 12:06AM

    When will this blood thirst be satiated?

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  • SAB Sohail
    May 4, 2012 - 12:37AM

    ‘Afghan Intelligence have caputred a Pakistan boy in his 20′s from Tribal Areas who was born and raised in Afghanistan then went to Pakistan and was retuning so yeah we got a Pakistani! Bravo’ DUMB Blondes!

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  • Ishtiaq
    May 4, 2012 - 2:58AM

    Afghans capture Pakistani … is this a news, Pak Afghan border is like open road for all people on both sides, hundreds of people cross everyday without any visa. Pak can capture thousands of illegal armed Afghans in day.

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  • Nawab
    May 4, 2012 - 4:23AM

    Is any Afghan not Pakistani?

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  • rk
    May 4, 2012 - 4:27AM

    what kind of dumb suicide bomber gets arrested..??? isn’t he supposed to blow up before getting arrested..??? the afghans should have returned the vehicle back and blew it up when it reaches paki military base…!!!!

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  • Zalmai
    May 4, 2012 - 5:46PM

    @SAB Sohail
    Where does it say that he was born and raised in Afghanistan and then moved to Pakistan? For your information there are more Pashtuns in Pakistan than Afghanistan and they conveniently call themselves either Afghan or Pakistani depending on the situation. Afghan Pashtuns recognize Pakistani Pashtuns due to the Pashto dialect infused with Urdu spoken in the tribal parts of Pakistan. Don’t lump Pakistani Pashtuns with Afghan Pashtuns, they are as different as night and day.Recommend

  • Bhindian
    May 4, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Did he also happen to have a note which links him to ISI?

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