Police step up security around hotels
The New York Police Department is stepping up counter-terrorism measures at hotels in the wake of a terrorist attack in Afghanistan. Police spokesman Paul Browne says the move wasn't prompted by a specific threat in the city. But the nation's biggest Police Department is taking no chances as it learns more about the attack on Kabul's Inter-Continental Hotel.
Al-Qaida leader caught disguised as a woman
A senior leader of an al-Qaida-linked terror group has been captured in northern Afghanistan dressed up like a woman — the latest in a recent series of cases involving male militants disguised as females, the U.S.-led military coalition said Tuesday.
A joint Afghan and coalition force apprehended a senior figure from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and two of his associates during a nighttime operation Monday in Kunduz city, NATO said.
It said the militant, who also supported the Taliban network, had planned attacks against the Afghan National Police, as well as various suicide bombings and assaults against other Afghan security forces.
NATO did not release the names of the three suspects caught in Kunduz.
The coalition said there also have been a handful of recent reports of female combatants in burqas.