Afghan deputy intel chief’s assassination plotted in Pakistan


The four Taliban operatives behind the assassination of Afghanistan’s deputy intel chief. Quqnoos photo.

According to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, the assassination of NDS Deputy Director Dr. Abdullah Laghmani was hatched by Pakistani Taliban commanders based in Peshawar. Laghmani was one of 23 Afghans killed in a suicide attack in a mosque in the city of Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman province, on Sept. 2. From Quqnoos:

Abdul Rahman, a military commander of Taliban fighters in Laghman, and three of his associates were arrested for planning the attack, the intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rahman confessed that he received an order for the bombing from Shahid Khel and Maulawi Kabir, two Taliban leaders living in Peshawar, Pakistan, the statement noted.

The attack was carried out by a Pakistani national by the name of Abdul Jabar, it said, citing Rahman’s confession.

The statement also said that by arresting the group, the agency foiled an attack on Laghman’s governor because the group planned to target the provincial headquarters with a truck loaded with 2,500 kilograms of explosives.

The would-be suicide bombing was also plotted by Taliban leaders in Peshawar and was planned to be carried out by two Pakistani bombers, the statement added.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • Scott says:

    So, Abdul Rahman gets his orders to kill Afghanistan’s deputy intel chief from Pakistani Taliban commanders, Shahid Khel and Maulawi Kabir. Now I’m just left wondering who do Shahid Kel and Maulawi Kabir get their orders from?
    Did Pakistan’s ISI order this hit?

  • MalangJan says:

    Dr. Lughmani was very popular & effective intelligence Officer. He brilliantly investigated the bombing of Indian Embassy in Kabul. He found all links leading to the epi center of terrorism ISI of Pakistan with undenial proofs & evidence. Thats why he was publically threatened by ISI & was killed.

  • Paul says:

    Why does the Paks hate everyone apart from Saudi where they are treated like dirt?
    Pak hate all their neighbours so what stops us letting India Kick their butt again!!!!
    Pak is no friend of the west!


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