Insurgents Killed, Others Arrested, in Connection with Attack on Karzai

April 30, 2008 03:31 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Afghan intelligence services say three operations were launched across Kabul to find members of the Taliban involved in the attack.

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One of the operations ended in a gun battle and an eight-hour siege. A Taliban spokesman said two of their men had been killed, along with one of the men's wife. A child also died during the attacks.

Six people were arrested during an operation in another part of the city, according to the national directorate of security, and a third operation is ongoing.

Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, survived an attack on April 27 in which three others, including a 10-year-old boy, an Afghan lawmaker, and Shia leader Nasir Ahmad Lateri, were killed.

At a public celebration for the 16th anniversary of Mujahedeen Day, when anticommunist soldiers overthrew the Soviet-supported government, attackers fired assault weapons at a stage where President Karzai, dignitaries and cabinet members were seated.

Both the Taliban and the Hezbi Islami group took responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the Taliban said it was not an assassination attempt and that three of the attackers were also killed. Shortly afterwards, 100 people were arrested.

The government is investigating how the attackers got so close. Platoon sergeant Mohammed Amin cites the failings of the police. Indirectly, in a Huffington Post editorial, as well as bluntly, in a Pakistan Policy blog, writers are suggesting that the attack could have been an inside job.

Headline Links: Operations against insurgents end in arrests, killlings

Background: Attackers bypassed security with ease

The political climate in Afghanistan and perceptions of Karzai preceding the attack

Key Player: Hamid Karzai

Historical Context: Afghanistan’s government has endured several regimes

Opinion & Analysis: Lack of security in Afghanistan and the perception of Karzai

Related Topics: Karzai attack mirrors Anwar Sadat’s assassination; a history of the Taliban


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