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Pakistan-Based Haqqani Network Behind Today’s Attacks in Kabul: NDS

(Last Updated On: May 9, 2018)

Pakistan-based Haqqani network has plotted the multiple attacks in different parts of the capital Kabul with the help of Lashkar-e-Taiba on Wednesday morning, the Afghan Intelligence agency said in a statement.

The coordinated attacks in the capital Kabul begin today at around 11:30 am on police stations in Dasht-e-Barchi (PD13) and shar-e-now (PD10) areas of the city with blasts and gunshots.

The Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said that five people were killed and 16 others injured in the attacks.

According to the official, the attack on PD10 in Shahr-e-Naw area has also ended after all four attackers were gunned down by Afghan forces. 

Earlier in the day, at a press conference, the Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak said that two suicide attackers were involved in the attack on PD13 police headquarters in Dasht-e-Barchi. He said two policemen were killed others wounded in the attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility. The group’s Amaq news agency reported. But many officials doubt the group has the capacity to mount such complex attacks.

“The suicide bombings that took place today in Kabul was plotted by the Haqqani Network with the help of Lashkar-e-Taiba,” the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement.  “Efforts underway to arrest the facilitators and perpetrators [of the attacks],” the statement added.

The coordinated attacks in Kabul comes a week after at least 25 people including nine journalists were killed in Islamic State-claimed double bombing in Shashdarak area of the city.

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