Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands guard on a military vehicle in Narai military camp in Ghazi Abad district on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. – AP Photo
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands guard on a military vehicle in Narai military camp in Ghazi Abad district on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. – AP Photo

KABUL: A deadly attack on an Afghan army outpost that left 21 soldiers dead was planned “outside Afghanistan,” a term used by Afghan officials to refer neighbouring Pakistan, an official said Monday.

Hundreds of militants stormed an Afghan army outpost in the eastern province of Kunar on Sunday, triggering a four-hour battle.

The predawn attack was the single deadliest strike on Afghan troops in recent months by the insurgents and also left five soldiers missing.

The Taliban claimed credit for the attack.

“It was a very big attack planned outside Afghanistan,” defence ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi told reporters.

“We have evidence. Our human and electronic intelligence show that hundreds of fighters had come from the other side of the border,” he said referring to Pakistan.

“There were Pakistanis, Arabs and Chechens in addition to local insurgents involved in this attack,” he said.

Afghanistan and Pakistan regularly accuse each other of supporting militant attacks in the other country. Pakistan recently said that 23 of its kidnapped paramilitary soldiers had been killed on Afghan soil.

Afghanistan and Pakistan share a lawless border stretching around 2,000 kilometres along the southern and eastern edges of Afghanistan.

Pakistan was the main supporter of the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and Afghan officials have long voiced suspicions about connections between the hardline movement and Islamabad's powerful intelligence services.

An attack on a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul on January 17 that left 21 people, including 13 foreigners dead, was also blamed on “foreign intelligence services,” a reference by Afghan officials to Pakistan.


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Amjad Wyne
Feb 24, 2014 09:58pm

What Afghanistan is forgetting that there had been a number of incidents where Pakistani outposts in the same regions were overrun by hundreds of similar militants. The truth is that it does not matter where it was planned - what is important here is an understanding that TTP is targeting anyone that tries to interfere with their free movement - from Pakistan to Afghanistan or from Afghanistan to Pakistan. What is, however, surprising is that in all cases parties claimed that the battles lasted for hours - if true, why did not they ask for air cover.

Haroon
Feb 24, 2014 11:35pm

Pot calling the cattle black?? Just the other day Pakistan presented evidence to AfG involvement in killing 23 FC soldiers on AFG soil. TTP is sponsored in AFG and AFG/Indian intelligence are running their camps and planning attacks inside Pakistan. You got sting by the same snake. It's time Pakistan send rufugees back to AFG. Call their GOVT out

ALI AYUB
Feb 25, 2014 12:16am

Even if true, it's a good revenge for what Karzai's TTP assets did to Pashtun Pakistani civilians & soldiers of the Frontier Corps and Army soldiers/officers.

The Afghan govt in its current form is a hostile one, as are fringe members within their military. As long as that environment prevails - Afghanistan shouldnt expect a modicum of cooperation from Pakistan.

As it is - we've already been generous enough. They should not test our patience.

Ahmer
Feb 25, 2014 01:48am

If this allegation is true, ISI really needs to be disciplined.

Sarwat
Feb 25, 2014 02:48am

It only goes to show that how desperately Afghani government and soldiers are trying to get in good books of Afghani Taliban.

Imran
Feb 25, 2014 04:50am

Why keep putting accusations on each... let's just put land mines along the 2000 km border. Have Drone planes monitor the border and shoot anyone at sight. This should not be expensive. We should also send back the Afghanis who are living in Pakistan. Why do we need to take crap from them?

choag
Feb 25, 2014 04:56am

Neither Pakistan or Afghanistan as any control of the border . It is a third nation between the two.

izhar minhas
Feb 25, 2014 07:22am

No matter what Pakistan does for the well being of Afghanistan, there would be no change in Afghan governemnt anti Pakistan policy.

deven dalal
Feb 25, 2014 08:58am

It was revenge killing for the 23 FC soldiers which Pakistan believes were killed inside Afghanistan.

Mekal Faruki
Feb 26, 2014 12:41pm

Afghanistan has two children Al Qaeda and Taleban. Both children are violent murderous offspring. For Afghanistan to accuse anyone of planning anything is outrageous, Afghans gave birth to the Taleban. How about Pakistan Government send all these Afghan refugees back home to Afghanistan by force, let Afghanistan deal with its own people. How many hundreds of years has Afghanistan been a catastrophe? From the British Afghan Wars to the US invasion, of course this is all everyone else's fault.

Ameer
Feb 27, 2014 09:59am

They (afghanis) simply don't know how to run a govt and a country. so whatever happens, they blame others. instead of which they should try and face the problem themselves. It only proves that they are underage....