State linked Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin explosive experts Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor to a suicide attack that was carried out by a young woman that killed 12 people in Kabul. Additionally, Saboor has been linked to a suicide attack that killed six Americans.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan remains active against Coalition forces in northern Afghanistan.
The attack takes place just days after the governor of Kapisa said that the Taliban, HIG, and the Haqqani Network are in control of large areas of the province.
A video has emerged showing the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group training five burka-clad women on pistols, assault and sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers.
The Taliban’s spring offensive promised a renewed focus on suicide attacks targeting ISAF forces. Today’s suicide bombing in a residential area also injured 39 Afghan civilians.
Additionally, ISAF captured a senior Taliban commander who worked with the Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin and who facilitated suicide attacks.
Eight foreigner workers, including Russians and South Africans, and four Afghan civilians, were killed in the blast near Kabul International Airport.
The Taliban and allied groups are attempting to carry out major operations in the provinces just north of Kabul.