News - Afghanistan
Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday announced they had arrested 30 militants associated with the Haqqani terror network who were allegedly involved in the recent airport and Macrorayan suicide attacks in Kabul.
The Afghan spy agency stated that the arrests came after a complicated operation. They said the detained suspects had been planning to attack key government buildings, including the ministries of defense and interior, the Presidential Palace and the US embassy.
Some security sources told TOLOnews on condition of anonymity that high-quality explosives – RDX - were also found during the operation.
RDX is an acronym for Research Department Explosive, which is an explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications - only international military research institutions are authorized to produce and manufacture such material.
Meanwhile, one suspected Haqqani commander, Israr Ahmad, who was arrested on Monday told TOLOnews: "I was sentenced to six years jail term, but spent two years in Pul-e-Charkhi jail (in Kabul) and was then released. I stayed at home for some time following my release and then opened a shop in Sadr area of Peshawar [capital city of Pakistani province of Khaibar Pakhtoonkhaw] then a guy known as Qari Eshaq asked me to come to Kabul and work with them."
"Before assuming the job, another person known as Maulavi Rohullah was appointed as Deh Sabz [Haqqani] district governor. But later on I was appointed to the post, because I was a native of Deh Sabz district," said the "shadow" governor of Deh Sabz, Hikmatollah, another member who was detained.
The initial investigations reveal the recent attacks on Kabul airport and the 4th Microrayan had been plotted by the same group.
Referring to Monday's successful operation by the NDS, a number of residents in Kabul have called on the relevant Afghan judicial and legal bodies to bring the perperators to justice and execute them.
"Government should mete out severe punishment to these individuals so that it can be a lesson to their counterparts," Saida Jan, a resident of Kabul told TOLOnews on Monday.
This latest Kabul operation is one of the biggest anti-terror assaults by the Afghan spy agency in recent weeks – a move that could help show the NDS is capable of conducting solid surveillance and professional operations in intelligence gathering in their quest to prevent terror plots from happening, said security sources.
In addition, similar explosives seized recently on the Kabul-Paktia highway had also apparently been prepared from the same material, RDX.