On Monday in Kabul a suspected suicide bomber who was carrying a bag of explosives shot dead near the site of a major meeting of Afghan elders set to discuss relations with the US officials.
The NATO and the Afghan officials led military in Afghanistan said that the document was fake, but the leak and the killing highlight tight security around the jirga as the Taliban threaten to target those taking part.
Interior minister spoke man Sediq Sediqqi said that No one killed but the bomber.
Lutfullah Mashal, spokesman for Afghanistan’s intelligence service the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the man’s bag blew up as he was shot.
He said that the suicide bomber who wanted to enter the polytechnic university was identified and shot dead by security forces and his explosives detonated as he was shot dead, which he was carrying it in a laptop-type bag,
The NDS later said in a statement that two other men were arrested alongside the attacker.
After this some of those who are taking part in the jirga said that they were now afraid to participate because of the Taliban threats.
The security incidents even before the jirga has already created fear among the people and participants, said delegate Haji Barai, head of Kabul’s provincial council.
It has even made me hesitate about whether to participate in the jirga or not… I might cancel going there.
Late Sunday, the Taliban published on their website an alleged security plan claiming to show a satellite map of the venue where the event will take place, mobile phone numbers of top security officials and details of security force deployments.
The vigilant mujahedeen of the Islamic emirate (the Taliban) have acquired the security plans, maps and other documents related to the upcoming supposed loya jirga, the militant group said in a statement sent to media.
The Taliban said the documents were seized by means of its personnel embedded inside the enemy ranks.
A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Commodore William Truelove, called the document a fabricated piece of propaganda and said it was an attempt to disrupt this peaceful jirga.
Report by Dushyant Tiwari