Afghan police detain seven burqa-clad insurgents
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Last Updated: Monday, July 04, 2011, 16:15
Kabul: Afghan police have arrested seven armed insurgents who disguised themselves as women by wearing burqas, officials said on Monday.

Interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi said to a news agency that the men, who carried light weapons with at least one in a suicide vest, were captured in Jalalabad, the capital of the eastern province of Nangarhar.

He said the men wore the all-enveloping veil as part of their disguise and were planning attacks on government targets, but gave no further details.

As the traditional summer fighting season ramps up in Afghanistan, the Taliban have increasingly used multiple suicide bombers armed with machineguns in coordinated attacks against targets.

On Wednesday, nine militants, said to be armed with heavy weapons and suicide vests, carried out a brazen attack on a landmark hotel in Kabul that left 12 people including a Spanish pilot dead.

The rebels breached high security at the Intercontinental Hotel and were killed about five hours later after a NATO helicopter gunship and New Zealand commandos stepped in to help their Afghan counterparts.

Afghanistan is plagued by an increasingly deadly insurgency waged by remnants of the Taliban trying to regain power since they were toppled in a US-led invasion in late 2001.


First Published: Monday, July 04, 2011, 16:15

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