ISIS taxi drivers ferrying weapons and fighters arrested in Kabul

ISIS taxi drivers ferrying weapons and fighters arrested in Kabul

Afghan special forces from the country’s intelligence agency announced the arrest four ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K) logistics specialists posing as taxi drivers to ferry fighters and weapons around Kabul.

“They pretended to be taxi drivers and helped transport their fighters and their weapons in and out of Kabul,” an official in the National Directorate of Security told The National on condition of anonymity. “They were an important asset to Daesh and provided logistic support to the ISIS fighters in Kabul,” he added using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The suspects apprehended on Wednesday are believed to have been involved in several high profile attacks and “were also involved with recruiting new members in Kabul,” the NDS official said.

They were captured after a four-day operation from the Qargha district on the outskirts of Kabul city.

The detained men were identified as Shafiullah, Muhammad Rahim, Mansur al-Din and Javid and are believed to be from Kabul and Laghman provinces of Afghanistan.

During the arrest, officers recovered 10 kilograms of explosives, a yet to be loaded suicide vest and training manuals including eight volumes on bomb-making. Officers also uncovered a cache of military-grade weaponry including hand grenades, nine grenade launchers and 35 remote-controllers, all of which are often used in coordinated ISIS attacks.

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