Kabul: The Afghan authorities have
arrested two men allegedly involved in the suicide bombing of
a Kabul supermarket popular with Westerners which killed eight
people, officials said on Thursday.
A spokesman for the National Directorate of Security
(NDS), Lutfullah Mashal, said one of the men, Talib Jan, had
helped organise the attack from inside prison by giving
instructions to visitors.
A second man, Mohammed Khan, is accused of bringing
the suicide attacker, 21-year-old Mohammed Shoaib, to Kabul
from North Waziristan in Pakistan`s lawless tribal district,
where many Taliban commanders are based.
He is now in custody, Mashal told a press conference
in Kabul. Khan appeared at the press conference, confessing
involvement and apologising.
Eight people, all Afghans, were killed in last month`s
attack at the supermarket, which is located close to many of
Kabul`s foreign embassies and international offices.
"Mohammed Khan facilitated the suicide attack at
Finest supermarket in Kabul," Mashal said.
"The second person was Talib Jan... (who) has been in
Pul-e-Charkhi prison (in Kabul) for the past three years and
was organising suicide attacks from inside the prison by using
visitors, instructing them what to do, where to carry out
Mashal also claimed that the intended target of the
attack was two "important" French nationals, possibly
diplomats or military, without giving further details.