Afghans say Karzai assassination plot foiled

Wow.

BBC

Afghan intelligence officials say they have arrested six people who they believe were planning to assassinate President Hamid Karzai[...]

Militants have killed a string of high-profile figures in Afghanistan in recent months.

"A dangerous and educated group including teachers and students wanted to assassinate President Hamid Karzai," National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Lutfullah Mashal told a news conference

"Unfortunately they infiltrated the presidential protection system and recruited one of the president's bodyguards."

Mr Mashal said those arrested had ties with a member of al-Qaeda and the Haqqani network based in North Waziristan, in Pakistan's restive tribal belt.

The group was arrested a week ago after members of the elite Afghan forces raided two locations in Kabul's district 15 and in the eastern city of Jalalabad, officials said.

h/t @MajorPaulSmyth

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