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Afghanistan Rejects Reports Of Foiling Massive Suicide Attack

  • RFE/RL

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry has rejected as erroneous media reports about the alleged foiling of a planned mass suicide bombing attack that would have targeted the ministry's headquarters in Kabul.

The ministry issued a written statement on March 27 after two international news channels, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, reported that Afghan authorities had arrested 16 people after discovering 11 explosives-laden suicide vests inside the Defense Ministry headquarters.

The complex is considered one of the most secure sites in the Afghan capital and is close to the presidential palace.

In its statement, the Defense Ministry called on domestic and international media to report on Afghan defense questions only "after checking with responsible sections and people of this ministry."
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