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Planners of Kabul guesthouse attack nabbed: NDS

KABUL: The spy agency on Wednesday said two planners and masterminds behind the terrorist attack on Park Palace guesthouse in Kabul had been arrested.

At least 14 civilians, including nine foreigners, were killed after gunmen stormed the guesthouse popular with foreigners in the Kolola Pushta neighborhood two weeks back.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement Ghulam Aziz also known as Salahuddin and Abdul Wakil, an employee of a Kabul-based Madeera NGO, who orchestrated the attack, were arrested in Sang-e-Naweshta locality of Kabul. The two were active members of the Haqqani network, it said.

“The arrested individuals have confessed to their involvement in planning the attack,” said the statement that claimed the plot took place under the supervision of a Haqqani network commander Qari Abdulla aka Anass in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The NDS statement said Ghulam Aziz had obtained a fake USAID employee card and the guesthouse’s map, which he had sent to Qari Abdullah. The Haqqani network later sent an attacker named Idrees from Peshawar, who carried out the attack.

The two detainees were also involved in attacks on the Ministry of Interior and the Logar police headquarters, the statement said. (PAN)

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