Afghan Spies Foil Karzai Assassination

One of his body guards, several college students arrested
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2011 9:45 AM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivers a lecture on the second day of his two-day official visit, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
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(Newser) – Afghan intelligence officials say they have foiled an assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai, arresting six people in Kabul who they say are affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Haqqani militant group. Those arrested included one of Karzai's body guards, three college students, and a university professor, according to an intelligence service spokesman. He says the group was recruited by two Arab nationals based in Pakistan.

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