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Afghanistan hints at Pakistan link to attack on presidential candidate Abdullah

Published on Jun 9, 2014 12:19 AM

KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan on Sunday accused "foreign intelligence services" of being behind an attack targeting presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah that killed 12 people, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.

Mr Abdullah survived the assassination attempt on Friday when two blasts, including a suicide bombing, hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul ahead of next weekend's hotly contested run-off election.

"Initial investigations indicate foreign intelligence services were involved in this incident through Lashkar-e-Taiba in an organised manner, and the terrorists were aiming to disrupt the election in Afghanistan," Afghanistan's National Security Council, which is chaired by President Hamid Karzai, said in a statement. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is a Pakistan-based militant group.

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

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