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UK troops take away detained would-be bombers

UK troops take away detained would-be bombers

Feb 27, 2011 - 21:33

Zainullah Stanikzai

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Local security officials in southern Helmand province on Sunday said British troops took away three detained would-be suicide bombers from Afghan custody.

The UK military officials insisted the men were their trainee servicemembers, an official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

Afghan security personnel manning a checkpost in the Wali Karam locality, north of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, detained the three suspected bombers traveling in a car at 4pm during a search operation.

The men were arrested when they resisted their search by police, the local security official said, adding police had prior information that a squad of suicide attackers had sneaked into the area. "Movements later the three were captured, British forces arrived at the scene and took them and the car away by saying the men are their trainees," the official said, claiming explosives were strapped to their bodies and planted in the car.

"I saw cables hanging down from the car the men were traveling in," the security official said, adding the faces and accent of the alleged bombers showed they were not Afghans.

Another security source in Lashkargah, who claimed to have seen the men, said he was cent percent sure the individuals were prepared for carrying out suicide blasts.

But the provincial chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hakim Angar, said that he himself visited the foreign troops' base and confirmed that the men were trainees with the forces. However, he did say what kind of training they were doing.

Calls seeking comment on the report from the NATOinfo-icon-led International Assistance Security Force (ISAFinfo-icon) in Kabulinfo-icon weren’t answered.



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