Monday, February 19, 2018

Afghan officials say they broke up terror plot targeting parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan security forces foiled an insurgent plot to attack Afghanistan's parliament and the home of one of the country's leaders, Afghan officials said Sunday.

Four Afghans and a Pakistani were arrested in central Kabul late Saturday by officers from Afghanistan's intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security. The agency said in a statement that is also seized weapons and ammunition, and some Afghan army uniforms.

The agency said the raid had thwarted "many suicide and coordinated attacks in Kabul," including an attack on parliament and the home of Karim Khalili, Afghanistan's second vice president and leader of the Hezb-i-Wahdat party.

The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said that Afghan security forces had arrested "multiple insurgents" and seized a large cache of weapons, including explosives and suicide vests, as the insurgents were finalizing the plans for their attack.

Meanwhile, in the latest in an intensifying series of targeted killings of government officials, the governor of Alishang district in the eastern province of Laghman was killed Sunday when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device or homemade bomb, local officials said. The blast, which occurred around midday as Faridullah Niazi was driving to the provincial capital, also killed three of his bodyguards, said a spokesman for Laghman's governor.

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