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Afghanistan intelligence dismantles IS cell planning to attack US ambassador

Kabul, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- The Afghan intelligence services on Tuesday reported having dismantled a cell of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Afghanistan that was planning to assassinate the United States ambassador to Kabul, Ross Wilson, and senior Afghan officials.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) dismantled the four member IS cell overnight during a special operation in Kama district of eastern Nangarhar province, a long time stronghold of the terror group in the country.

The special forces of the NDS arrested “the members of Daesh (acronym of the IS in Arabic) group, who had plan to assassinate the United States ambassador for Afghanistan and high ranking Afghan officials,” the Afghan intelligence said in a statement.

An NDS member, who asked not to be named, explained to EFE that the intelligence services had seized weapons, documents and evidence linking detainees to the IS, as well as several photographs and addresses of their targets.

The official added that the cell received support from terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Haqqani Network and some senior Taliban commanders, but did not give further details.

The arrests have occurred at a moment when the country has been witnessing for months a series of unprecedented targeted attacks on journalists, activists, politicians and intellectuals in Afghanistan, where shootings or bombings on victims’ vehicles have become an almost daily reality in the country.

Although the government has directly blamed the Taliban for the killings, the insurgent group has repeatedly denied its involvement in the attacks, and has directly blamed Afghan security forces for carrying them out to fabricate negative propaganda against them. EFE-EPA

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