April 8th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

Government: Police arrest 5, disrupt terror plot

KABUL, Afghanistan — Authorities in Afghanistan have arrested five people who they say were planning to carry out suicide attacks in the capital of Kabul.

Zemeri Bashari, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the people arrested had suicide vests packed with explosives and additional explosives in an SUV. He said they were affiliated with the Haqqani network, a militant group with ties to the Taliban.

The people were driving from Logar province in a "high-profile Lexus vehicle" and counter-terrorism police arrested them in the village of Banhi Sar before they reached the interior of Kabul, Bashari said police helped avoid "a bloody attack."

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  1. Capt Pandit

    THAT`S IT. It was a well done job by the Police Boys.If , these insurgents are checked all over, specially on the outskirts of cities& Large towns, attacks on innocent public can be curtailed.
    Such checking have to be vigorous and merciless. Pl convey my `Shabash` ( Pat-on-the-Backs) to the Boys. Jai Ho

    April 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Veteran

    As I have said all along: The way to fight terrorism is with undercover police, informants, intelligence, and international cooperation. The military is the most inefficient and messy way to do it. We need to bring our troops back, and spend that money on our own police forces, border patrol, and homeland security components.

    From day one, this has been a mess created by G.W., Cheney, and Rummy. Unfortunately, a lot of troops are injured for life, and a lot of troops and innocent civilians have been injured or killed.

    We need to roll. The Afghani's can handle it.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    for those who continually sit at home and criticize the efforts being made by the young men and women in our military remember that they are the reason why we sit at home peacefully and enjoy whatever it is we are doing. maybe if you were to be a victim of what happened you might have a different outlook. these terrorists are doing nothing new. for centuries groups and dictatorships have commited mass mureder and even genocide under the guise of it being for some sort of God. these people must be stopped by any means neccesary. you may not like the war or the reasons we went to these countries in the first place but the fact remains that our presence in both iraq and afganistan has saved american, iraqi, and afgan lives and if the coalition forces dont see this through and give up now i believe we will leave them in a worse state than when we arrived

    April 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    LIsten, I have served in tha part of the world and have friends who have and still are as well. There are a lot of good things going on over there that the American people never hear or see on the news because the media thrives on controversy, death, and destruction. The fact is that there are terrorist bombings like this one using IEDs and Vehicle Borne IEDs all too often. Some of my friends who have returned recently have witnessed these barbaric attacks first hand and suffer from nightmares, sleeplessness and other things as a result. It's very easy for some to sit back and assume they know what is happening and pass judgment. But I assure you that the U.S. military is not targeting or killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan or anywhere else for that matter. The unfortunate thing about these terrorists is that are strongly committed to their cause. We have to have a deeper committment to eradicating these acts! We will stay the course as we should! Terrorism will probably always exist to some extent, but we must make it very painful to those who commit terrorist acts as well as those who harbor, tolerate, train, and provide refuge for these people. Part of our responsibility is to help protect those who cannot protect themselves. God Bless America!

    April 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wastrel

    However good this sounds, these terrorists were stopped because they were going to kill other Muslims. If they were headed to the US to kill us, the Afghan police would have wished them Allah-speed. We can't trust the Afghanis as allies; they are on the other side.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rob

    To: A. Smith in Oregon,

    What are you smoking? Have you forgotten how the war in Afghanistan started? The Taliban gave shelter to Osama bin Laden and allowed him to train his terrorists in their country. After the September 11 attacks, the Taliban refused to hand over Osama bin Laden. I believe that makes the Taliban a terrorist organization as well.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Something doesn't sound right about this story. When the majority of the populace gets around on foot or mule/camel, wouldnt somebody traveling in a Lexus SUV be asking for a second look?
    If you were a terrorist wanting to create trouble, I'd imagine that you'd want to blend in...

    Either the story isn't accurate or the miscreants in Afghanistan are "geniuses"....

    April 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Donaldson

    If you look back into history, you will find that it takes 10-15 years after you take over a country before it will can run itself. Look back to our Civil War. The Northen troops did were in the South for 12 years. we governed Germany, italy, and Japan for over 10 years. Now look at Iraq. It has been 10 years and now their Army and Police control the country. They have a stable government. Our troops now reside on bases and their troops do all the work. the same applies to Afghanistan. It will take 10 plus years. Now that the Afgan Army/Police is starting to asscert itself, the Taliban will learn that they have no place. Just like the insurgents in Iraq have learned.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Russell

    We did not go into Afghanistan for vengeance. We went there to Stop the Taliban from running ongoing training camps for Terrorism. As a byproduct we released the people there from tyranny imposed by the Taliban's crushing mode of government. Sharia law makes slaves of all women. They are not even allowed to attend school.
    And the CIA did not provide IED's they provided training in how to make them and how to operate in guerrilla warfare. Yes, we caused our current problem. Or at least made it worse than it would be.
    The real answer is to quit meddling in Foreign & especially Middle Eastern affairs. But the politicians will never do that. And I wonder why we keep pumping Billions of dollars a year to Israel. Yes, that's with a B. WHY so much? Possibly because so much of the mass media in this country is owned by people with an interest there? Our Media no longer reports the news. They steer opinion the way they want it with it. Emphasize this story, ignore that one or give it minimum coverage.
    WAKE UP AMERICA! Put down the beer, turn off the 'reality show' and take a look at the world.
    Russell, Msgt, USAF, Ret.
    An Armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a servant.
    A number of years ago Austrailia passed Laws making everyone turn in all guns, including old family heirlooms that cannot use modern ammo. They were all destroyed.
    Amazingly (actually NOT) Armed crime is up by double digits all over the country. You see, criminals did not turn in their guns, and now they KNOW the victim is not armed, so they are running rampant.
    Think about it.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. simplefact

    Don't kill these folks yet. Let the Afghans find the root of their network. Please do share the Bush/Cheney special interrogation techniques with Afghans but make sure the Afghans know that it's against international law to torture! They will confess! 🙂

    April 12, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barry77

    How many people has Islam killed today?

    April 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sam Collins

    Thank you. It works. Deterrant wins. Not long on words but I can appreciate the effort with the kind of result that is remembered. Those saved will remember their lives.

    April 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MKT

    yes, well done to afghan police but can we trust these corrupted security forces and judiciary system?
    i am sure these 5 terrorist will be back to their terrorist group in 6 months time and will continue their activities again.

    No one will ask how and why?

    We have heard of allot of these arrests and capturing s by afghan security forces but does anyone know what happened to them next, what finally decided.

    in my opinion corrupted government is hurting afghans and Afghanistan more than Taliban and Terrorist organizations.

    You can only start defeating Taliban and Terrorists if you have a transparent and supportive government by your side.

    I think fighting against corruption should be the first priority for west and afghan leaders.

    April 11, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mario Berardelli, Montreal Canada

    It is true that most Afghani just want to live in peace and security. And it was this desire that led to the Taliban takeover. I also think that the situation in that area of the world has greatly improved after many years of neglect by the Bush administration. The future has to bring us more victories of this kind but we should also try to do more to help them install some economic measures that will permit the rural population to make a better life for themselves.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Carl

    They should take those 5, and dress them up in their vests, put them in an open field and blow them up. It should be filmed and posted on Al -Jazeera. Did you ever wonder if the virgins they are promised are women???????? 😉

    April 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Steve

    Thanks for your medical advice Colton. A Smith is out of touch with reality. That alone should make you question your own relationship with it.

    The US isn't in Afghanistan for vengeance. If you knew anything more than your own cunfused conspiracy theories, you'd know that soldiers go to great pains to avoid civilian casualties. They do happen, but were you better informed, you'd know that no one in the coalition is intentionally harming civilians. As for Afghanistan, no one would like to be gone from there more than the young men and women who risk their lives daily. But they have a job to do – prepare the Afghan government to take responsibility for their country and prevent it from becoming a threat to us and the rest of the civilized world. They do it bravely, and willingly, but they'd be more surprised than anyone to hear it described as vengeance.

    So sit back in your easy chair and continue to dream up new, bizarre theories while better people than yourself help secure Afghanistan. It's a luxury not everyone on this planet has.

    April 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. mike

    That's good the afghan can take care of themselves, the american soldiers can come back home now so that our money is spent in america!

    April 9, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  18. Colton

    Steve:

    You may want to look into your own prescription needs as well. A Smith may have made an error or two in syntax; but the point shouldn't be lost – we've brought carnage into the lives of innocent civilians on a vast scale seeking vengeance for 9/11. At some point, we should reconsider our goals, the threat and our own conscience.....as well as our true purpose.

    April 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  19. Sam

    This is crazy for me too here. My uncle is currently stationed here and won't be back home until December of this year. Way to go guys by keeping up the security and saving more lives!

    April 9, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  20. Steve

    Actually I've served the Army for the last 30 and have there and many other places. But it doesn't take service to have an opinion. We get that by the American birthright we are fortunate to have and we can only hope the Afghans one day have as well.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  21. William T. Taylor

    I'm afraid we may have to fight fire with fire in terrorist situations. When we capture terrorist, especially when they are guilty without doubt, we have to punish in such a way that will send terror to all terrorist of what happens when caught. It must be ruthless and a punishment that would plant terror in all in such a way that the thought of becoming a terrorist would be a fearful thought. Public crucifiction is a thought. It's horrable to have to respond like a terrorist to defend against it.

    April 9, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. Iraq Paramedic

    Saresse, I hope you live over here somewhere or severed in the millitary some where to be making those kind of comments. You do not have to be an X sevice member or live somewhere to have a valid opinion. Now on to the Article, Yes that is a good sign the troops & civilian trainers are getting thru to these guys. Let's all hope that the enthusiasism among those Afgan police spreads to the rest. They deserve a good word or two because I would have second thoughts about approaching a car load of bomb carrying men no matter who they where & these guys did it without anyone getting trigger happy or getting killed. Koodo's to the Afgan Police, March on with pride guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  23. Diagah Alex

    Well done Afghan anti -terrorism police! This shows that you are slowly but surely making progress in your operations. However, many challenges still lie ahead of you(i.e to totally win the suuport of the local people, professionalize the force and to gain complete control of the country's security. That is not going to be easy but by God's grace and determination you can achive that. History tells me that no war is worn by military capability alone. Every one MUST take responsibilty and by doing so the enemy will have no way to penetrate and even if they do so they will be fished out in time. As the saying goes "a divided house can not stand" So Afghan people forget the past, unite for the sake of peace and security and plan for the future.

    April 9, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  24. Steve

    Hey Daniel

    We hear the same things from our police departments every day as well. Would we have them just give up because crime seems to go on and on?

    What is good about this report is the Afghans building enough capacity to do these things for themselves. When they can do it most of the time, we can leave. That's good for everyone involved.

    April 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. saresse

    It's funny you all have opinions and have probably never served in the Military or been in that part of the world. If you know soooooooooo much why don;t you do something to make it better. It makes me sick how everyone complains but yet they don't do anything to improve the situation. Just like voting, the people that complain the most never votes. The Afghan people want freedom just like us but with there own culture in hand, The Taliban have heartless soles, if it wasn't for the US this world would be in a sad state with dictorshipsand the rest of the crazies. MAKE A DIFFERNECE and STOP COMPLAINING

    April 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dan Lafayette,IN

    I wonder Daniel if you think that the Taliban and it's allies are a culture that deserves the international support of becoming a state again? Do you really think that they are law abiding people who live up to the laws of God in this 21st century. They surly go by laws of the 6th century and those laws are against human rights of the people of Afghanistan. They shoot those who break their Islamic laws in public to terrorize the people that they are to serve! They are not a government but a terrorist organization that needs to be eliminated from this planet!

    April 8, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Steve

    A. Smith

    This may be the most confused notion of what is going on in Afghanistan that I've ever seen. The I in IED is for "improvised". that means they build them themselves. If the CIA provided them, they would simply be mines. I'm not sure why the birth place of the attackers means so much to you. Afghanistan did in fact have a lot to do with 9/11, and attacking Saudi Arabia would not have elminated AQ's henchmen in Afghanistan, nor the training camps. And no, US forces are not there to teach the Afgan people any lessons. Well, maybe indirectly – they build schools and then Afgans teach the kids lessons...

    Ask your doctor if lithium is right for you.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Daniel

    It seems like every day we hear about another "glorious" victory over the Taliban.Always at the last minute another "attack" is "foiled".It just goes on and on.

    April 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. A. Smith, Oregon

    I imagine this terrible nightmare is just beginning on the people of Kabul. It seems ironic that these people in Afghanistan had nothing to do with 9/11, Osama bin Ladin and many of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and yet the US Military is terrorizing the people of Afghanistan on a daily basis to teach them a lesson on 'terrorism'.

    After the CIA supplied the IED's, training, weapons and taxpayer dollars to Osama bin Ladin and the Taliban for a full decade as they fought the Soviet installed Afghanistan President and the Soviet Army, you'd think the Afghanistan people had already learned all they needed in regards to 'terrorism' but it seems they have been chosen to be further taught that lesson by the US Military.

    April 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bubba

    Blow 'em up with their own bombs? It's a cost-saving measure.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Nathanael [desert voice]

    Credit certainly goes to the American instructors of the Afghan police. It was a miracle that those bombers didn't get close to President Karzai, who was the likely target. This episode should teach the Afghan President how much in his interest it is to cooperate with the Coalition forces, if for no other reason, to increase his own safety.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Way to go Afghan security forces get these insane people before they kill innocent people and kill them to show them that they will be presented to God for His judgment for their destructive and deadly ideology which has no concern for life but only power and control over people!

    April 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |