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Pak ISI plots attacks in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has accused Pakistan's ISI of plotting suicide terror strikes on its soil including attacks on the Indian embassy and attack last week that killed six NATO soldiers, including four colonels.

world Updated: May 25, 2010 13:32 IST

Afghanistan has accused Pakistan's ISI of plotting suicide terror strikes on its soil including attacks on the Indian embassy and attack last week that killed six NATO soldiers, including four colonels.

The charge was made by a spokesman for Afghan intelligence Saeed Ansari who announced the arrest of seven persons suspected of organising the attacks.

"All the explosions and terrorist attacks by these people (terrorists) were plotted from the other side of the border and most of the explosives and materials used for the attacks were also brought from the other side to Afghanistan," Ansari was quoted as saying by 'The New York Times'.

"Of course, when we say that those attacks were plotted from the other side of the border, the intelligence service of our neighbouring country has definitely had its role in equipping and training of this group (Taliban)," he said, referring to Pakistan's ISI.

The seven suspected militants have links to Afghan Taliban leaders currently based in Pakistan and are responsible for a series of attacks in Kabul, including one on the Indian Embassy last year and on a guest house frequented by Indians.

Ansari said, the suspects who had been arrested over the past one week received training in Pakistan and during the past year the group organised about eight bombings that together killed 37 people before their arrest.

The Afghan intelligence spokesman said these terrorists were also responsible for an attack on a convoy of NATO and ISAF SUV's near the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul.