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Afghanistan accuses 'foreign intelligence' over Kabul attack

Published on Jan 19, 2014 11:15 PM
A journalist placing flowers in tribute to the victims in front of the Lebanese restaurant which was attacked, in Kabul on January 19, 2014. Survivors of the devastating Taleban suicide attack on a restaurant in Kabul told of the carnage and bloodshed, as details emerged of 21 people, including 13 foreigners, who died in the assault. -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan's National Security Council (NSC), which is chaired by President Hamid Karzai, on Sunday accused "foreign intelligence services" of being behind the deadly attack on a Kabul restaurant, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

"The NSC said such sophisticated and complex attacks are not the work of the ordinary Taleban, and said without doubt foreign intelligence services beyond the border are behind such bloody attacks," a statement for the palace said.

Pakistan was the main supporter of the former Taleban regime and Afghan officials have long voiced suspicions about the connections between the hardline movement and Islamabad’s powerful intelligence services.

The Taleban claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide assault on a popular restaurant in central Kabul in which 21 people, including 13 foreigners, were killed.

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