Security tightened in Afghan capital

13:46, February 04, 2011      

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Afghan government has beefed up security in the capital city Kabul in the wake of series bombings over the past couple of months.

Police have been deployed in all sensitive areas including government buildings, entry points and streets leading to government offices.

Police in the city check almost all vehicles entering Kabul and frisk the commuters.

The latest subversive attack that caused panic among the Kabul residents was a suicide bombing inside a grocery shop in Kabul's diplomat enclave Wazir Akbar Khan district on Jan. 28 that left eight people dead and 15 others injured, all civilians.

Security bodies have been striving hard to track down those responsible for the deadly attack, said Lutfullah Mashal, spokesman of National Directorate for Security (NDS), Afghanistan' s intelligence service, on Thursday.

However, he added that personnel of NDS have detained five terrorists who were involved in a series of subversive activities in Kabul in the past couple of months.

"Two groups of terrorists made up of five persons have been detained over the past couple of weeks," Mashal told reporters at a press conference here.

He also added that two of the arrested men are Zia-ul Rahman Maddani and Abdul Rahman who were planning to organize bomb attacks against government interests including Kabul International Airport but their plots have been foiled by security forces.

Security personnel have discovered 12 pieces of explosive devices including magnetic mines from their possession, the spokesman further said.

Both the arrested men are members of Haqqani network -- the military wing of Taliban outfit, the spokesman added.

According to Mashal, the second group, composed of three men, detained in Kabul days ago, were involved in organizing two suicide bomb attacks on Jan. 12, 2011 and Dec. 19, 2010, which left seven people, including five Afghan army soldiers, dead and 18 others injured.

"The Interior Ministry has bolstered police checkpoints in Kabul city to fill any security gap and prevent enemy's attacks on soft targets," Interior Ministry spokesman Zamari Bashari told reporters in a weekly press briefing on Sunday.

Police will double its efforts to ensure security for strategic points including government buildings and populated areas, he said.

Source: Xinhua(by Farid Behbud, Abdul Haleem)
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