Afghan forces kill insurgents planning Kabul attack
Afghan forces killed seven insurgents who were planning to attack Kabul in an early morning gun battle on Thursday just outside the capital, an official said.
Intelligence agents discovered that the insurgents were massing weapons at a compound east of the city and ambushed the men when they returned to the site around 1am to prepare for the attack, said intelligence agency spokesman Latifullah Mashal.
A gun battle broke out and five of the insurgents blew themselves up with explosives. Police shot and killed the remaining men a few hours after dawn, Mashal said.
The agents found three cars full of explosives and ammunition in the compound, along with rocket launchers and machine guns, Mashal said. He said the agents believed the men were planning to attack three sections of Kabul – a neighbourhood near the parliament building, and areas downtown that house embassies and businesses.