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Afghan Interior, Security Chiefs Resign Over Kabul Attack

Amrullah Salih (left) and Mohammad Anif Atmar

Amrullah Salih (left) and Mohammad Anif Atmar

KABUL -- Afghanistan's interior minister and national security chief have resigned, reportedly over last week's rocket attacks on a high-level peace conference in the capital, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

Amrullah Salih, the general director of the National Security Directorate of Afghanistan, explained to reporters today in Kabul why he and Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar had submitted their resignations.

"[The] president of Afghanistan has lost trust in our capability to protect national events," Salih said. "Our briefing and explanation in regards to the preparations that we have done for the peace jirga, and our later success in killing the two terrorists and capturing the facilitators who brought those two suicide bombers to Afghanistan, were not convincing to him.

"Therefore, morally, that does not leave any space for me to continue as the national director of the National Directorate of Security."

President Hamid Karzai's office said the explanation given by the two officials for the June 2 attacks in Kabul was "not satisfactory."

No delegates to the jirga were injured in the attack.

with agency reports