Afghanistan says ISI tied to attacks on its soil


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NEW YORK: 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 were plotted from the other side of the border and most of the explosives and materials were also brought from the other side to Afghanistan," Ansari said.

"The intelligence service of our neighbouring country has definitely had its role in equipping and training of this group (Taliban)," he said, referring to the ISI.

The seven militants have links to 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 guesthouse frequented by Indians.

Ansari said the suspects 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 before their arrest