Thursday 22 February 2018

Six charged with plot to kill Afghan president

Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Photo: Getty Images
Afghan president Hamid Karzai. Photo: Getty Images

Archie Bland in Kabul

SIX people, including one of Hamid Karzai's bodyguards, have been arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate the Afghan president, officials in Kabul said yesterday.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, said that the attack was planned in Pakistan, an allegation which will disrupt Mr Karzai's attempts to soothe relations between the countries.

Spokesman Lutfullah Mashal said that the six detained men, including university students and a medical professor, had ties with al-Qa'ida and the Haqqani network. They apparently plotted to kill Mr Karzai on a trip out of the capital.

If the new allegations are true, they would amount to at least the fourth attempt on Mr Karzai's life since 2002. (© Independent News Service)

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