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Topic - Besmillah Mohammadi
Afghan officials blamed a brazen series of weekend attacks on the Haqqani militant network, saying Monday that fighters captured in the assault claimed they were affiliated with the insurgent faction tied to the Taliban and al Qaeda.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | Afghan officials blamed a brazen series of weekend attacks on the Haqqani Network, saying Monday that fighters captured in the assault claimed they were affiliated with the insurgent faction tied to the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who for years pushed for reconciliation with the Taliban, now says attempts to negotiate with the insurgent movement are futile and efforts at dialogue should focus instead on neighboring Pakistan.
Afghan Interior Minister Besmillah Mohammadi said one militant arrested during Sunday's assault on Kabul and three other cities confessed that he was loyal to the Haqqanis.
During the series of attacks that continued into Monday morning, eight policemen and three civilians were killed along with 36 insurgents, Mr. Mohammadi said.