`Taliban commander ordered suicide bombings from Kabul jail`
Last Updated: Friday, February 11, 2011, 19:28
New York: A Taliban commander locked inside a high security prison in Kabul was reportedly giving instructions of suicide bombings to a city-based cell of Haqqani network, an allied terror group in Pakistan.

"From inside the Pul-e-Charkhi prison he (Taliban commander Talib Jan) was appointing people and giving them targets and instructions: do this, and do that... most of the terrorist and suicide attacks in Kabul were planned from inside this prison by this man," spokesman of Afghanistan's intelligence service Lutfullah Mashal was quoted as saying by The New York Times.

The National Directorate of Security spokesman, in a news conference, played a videotaped confession of Jan and said he had organised the suicide bombing of the 'Finest Supermarket' in Kabul on January 28, which killed 14 people.

His aide Mohammed Khan, who visited Jan in prison to take orders, confessed in person at the news conference to his part in the bombing.

The authorities discovered another suicide bomber cell of Haqqani network that recruited eight young men. It readied them to attack US bases in Kabul and Logar Provinces.

Five of its members, including two young potential bombers, confessed to their roles at the news conference.

Mahmadullah, 17, from Logar Province, described his recruitment at a madrasa in Miram Shah, a town in North Waziristan region of Pakistan. The second accused Lal Mohammad Khan (20) from Spinbaldak in Kandahar Province was also recruited at a madrasa, in Chaman near Pakistan border.

"I want to go home and surrender myself to my family," he said.


First Published: Friday, February 11, 2011, 19:28

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