Thursday, January 13, 2005

Afghan judge arrested for Kabul bombing

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Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2005 09:13:54 -0000
From: Musa Paktiawal
Subject: Afghan judge arrested for Kabul bombing

08 Jan 2005 07:24:16 GMT
Afghan judge arrested for Kabul bombing
By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Afghan security forces have detained a
supreme court judge suspected of being involved in an August car bomb
attack that killed 10 people, including three Americans, in the
capital Kabul, a court official said on Saturday.

The attack targeted offices used by the private U.S. security firm
DynCorp, which provides protection to President Hamid Karzai and
gives anti-narcotics training to Afghan police.

A supreme court official said the arrest of Judge Naqibullah followed
the interrogation of two al Qaeda members detained this month for the

"The security forces several days ago arrested Naqibullah as an
accused over the bombing incident," Wahid Mozhda, a spokesman for the
supreme court, told Reuters.

"They said the other two suspects had also said that they had spent a
night at Naqibullah's house in Kabul."

Naqibullah also served as the head of the preliminary court of a
district of Panj Sher province to the northeast of the capital, the
official said.

He belonged to a faction of the Mujahideen, or holy warriors, which
fought the 1980s Soviet occupation and then the Taliban from the late
1990s, helping U.S.-led forces topple them in 2001.

Security forces said they discovered explosives during a raid on
Naqibullah's house, Mozhda said.

The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 for harbouring al Qaeda and
its chief, Osama bin Laden, claimed responsibility for the bombing
and the suicide attack.

Bin Laden is the architect of Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. cities and his
whereabouts remain a mystery, though officials speculate that he is
hiding somewhere along the rugged border between Afghanistan and

Taliban remnants and their al Qaeda allies are mostly active in parts
of southern and eastern Afghanistan.

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