Karen Brulliard of the Washington Post reports that Afghan intelligence now believes that Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group, may have been behind the attack that killed more than a dozen people in Kabul on February 26.
“The Afghan Taliban asserted responsibility for the assault, which left 16 people dead, within hours of its start. But Afghan intelligence spokesman Sayed Ansari said investigators had reached a different conclusion based on evidence that the attack was carried out by a team of suicide bombers who spoke Urdu, a Pakistani language, and who were searching for Indian victims,” Brulliard reports.
Two key Taliban commanders were killed in a shootout with security forces in the most recent Pakistani offensive against the Islamic militants.
Two "important terrorist commanders" were killed during the ongoing operations near Peshawar dubbed "Spring Cleaning," the Pakistani military said in a news release Tuesday.
The commanders were identified as Muhammad Tufail, also known as Abdullah, and Muhammad Iqbal. Authorities said Tufail was a commander who was involved in missile and rocket attacks on Nowshera Cantt and another attack on a mosque in Nowshera. Iqbal was a key supplier of suicide bombing jackets and explosives to Islamabad and other cities of Pakistan, according to the military.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Prosecutors presented their case Tuesday against five Americans arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of plotting terror attacks. They include:
1. Directing some other persons/organizations for doing terrorist attacks
2. Funding to the banned organizations for terrorist activities
3. Plotting of terrorist activities against US, Pakistan and Afghanistan
4. Planning to enter in an ally’s country (Afghanistan) to do terrorist activities.
A hearing is slated for March 10 for court to consider charges.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government has banned news organizations from covering militant attacks while they are occurring, saying media outlets unknowingly help the Taliban through such broadcasts. The National Directorate of Security issued the ban Monday. It prevents news organizations from reporting from the site of an attack until security forces secure the area and issue a green light. FULL POST