News - Afghanistan
Five insurgents planning a co-ordinated suicide attack at a hotel in Kabul city were killed in a pre-dawn gun battle, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security said on Thursday.
The incident occurred in the Pul-i-Charkhi area in east of Kabul. Police also seized "many explosive devices,' NDS spokesman Lotfullah Mahsal said.
Separately, three other insurgents were captured on Thursday morning during an Afghan police operation in the Bagrami district to the east of the capital, the chief of the Kabul police criminal investigation unit, Mohammad Zahir said.
"The insurgents placed two roadside bombs on a bridge in the district that were defused by the [security] forces," he said.
He added that the unit has started questioning the arrested men.
Nato said in July that insurgent attacks in Afghanistan rose 11 per cent in the previous three months compared to the same period a year ago.