Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mass suicide attack foiled on same day as two British soldiers were shot dead by Afghan army officer at compound gates

A mass suicide attack which was to target buses in the Afghan capital of Kabul has been foiled.

Intelligence officials seized 11 custom made 'suicide jackets' in the country's ministry of defence, less than a mile from the presidential palace.

Several Afghans, some reportedly soldiers in the Afghan National Army, were arrested and are now being questioned.

The discovery came on the same day two British servicemen were murdered by a renegade Afghan soldier who tried to trick his way into their fortified base.

As the Royal Military Police began investigating yesterday’s tragedy, it emerged that the gunman went berserk after a row broke out Linkat the entrance to the British military compound in Lashkar Gah, Helmand.

Lieutenant Gul Nazir is said to have arrived in an army vehicle with several men pretending to be assigned to guard a delegation of VIPs visiting the base.

But when he was challenged by guards and told to wait outside, he opened fire with an M16 semi-automatic rifle, killing the two men and wounding a third. Read More