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National Directorate of Security (NDS) reported that a suicide bomber suspect and his guide were arrested in Surobi district of Kabul province.
“Special forces of NDS in a special operation arrested a suicide bomber and his transporter along with a suicide vest, a pistol and two grenades in Surobi district of Kabul province,” said NDS press office.
Th press office of NDS added that Rahmanullah, the suicide bomber and Raz Mohammad, transporter and his guide who was recruited by Baghdadi, a member of the Taliban terrorist group was prepared for a suicide attack on a huge gathering.
The security forces in Surobi district of Kabul province identified these men and arrested them before they could reach the target.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet has crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
The flight is believed to have had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline says.
A spokesman said the crash happened at 08.44 local time on Sunday, shortly after take-off from the Ethiopian capital.
In a statement, the airline said that search and rescue operations were under way.
It did not provide details on the number of casualties.
“Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” the airline added.
Local authorities have reported that the mastermind behind the attack on a private construction company was killed in Nangarhar province.
“As a result of national security forces operation last night in Hazara-Nawa area of Mandora district in the province, a key member of IS-K by the name of Subhanullah, who was the the mastermind of the attack on a private construction company in Behsood district was killed,” Nangarhar provincial press office said.
The office further added that in this operation, a number of suspicious people were also arrested.
Earlier this week, terrorists attacked on the private company in Behsood district in the province which left 16 people dead and 9 others wounded.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for a “decisive” action by Pakistan against a militant group behind a deadly suicide attack in a border area, saying failure to act could jeopardize relations between the two countries.
Iran’s state news agency IRNA said Rouhani’s remarks were made during a telephone conversation with neighboring Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, who said he would soon have “good news” for Iran, according to the report.
“We are awaiting your decisive operations against these terrorists,” IRNA quoted Rouhani as telling Khan.
“We should not allow decades of friendship and fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to both of us,” Rouhani said.
Khan said Pakistani forces had come close to the attackers’ hideout and there would soon be “good news” for Iran, IRNA reported.
“It is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists more decisively with the information provided by Iran,” IRNA quoted Khan as saying.
Revolutionary Guards commanders have vowed to retaliate for the attack, and Rouhani said on Saturday that Iranian forces were “ready to give a decisive answer to the terrorists in coordination with Islamabad,” IRNA reported.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday while addressing a political campaign said that Pakistan was assuming it can keep “wounding India, wage attacks, proxy wars and India would not respond”.
“They [Pakistan] were thinking that Modi carried out surgical strikes last time (in 2016, after the Uri attack) and the same would happen the second time. And then, at the LoC, they (Pakistan) had all kinds of things, tanks and what not lining up. And what did we do?”
Stating that “terrorists got an answer in their own language” , Modi said Pakistan had become “so scared that around 5 am, they told the world that Indian forces had hit them”. “They started saying Modi has hit (us). The world was informed by them, not us,” the PM said.