Afghanistan arrests militants for jirga attack plots

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The Afghan government said Sunday it has captured more than a dozen militants, including a Russian national, suspected of plotting attacks to disrupt a landmark peace conference in Kabul last week.

"Four suicide terrorist groups planned to carry out attacks during the three days of the peace jirga," interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told reporters in Kabul.

He also said that hundreds of shells, projectiles and Taliban-type improvised bombs were seized in Kabul and neighbouring provinces in the days leading up to the three-day peace conference.

The first day of the meeting which gathered about 1,600 delegates from across Afghanistan's political and social spectrum was disrupted by rocket attacks claimed by the Taliban.

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