Army Chief hints at role of ISI, Taliban in embassy attack

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New Delhi, Jul 10 (UNI) Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor today indicated the role of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Taliban in the attack on the Indian mission in Kabul which killed over 50 people, including four Indians.

Talking to reporters after an Army ceremony here, the Army Chief said the attack was pre-planned by those who are against Indian interests...''we know these elements'', he added.

When his attention was drawn to the claim of Islamabad that Taliban elements active in Pakistani territory were not involved in the attack, Gen Kapoor said while it not appropriate to name anyone at this stage, everyone knew who was against the interests of India.

The Army Chief also ruled out deployment of any additional special forces to guard the Indian embassy in Kabul. ''The ITBP is doing a good job there,'' he said, adding various aspects of the security scenario would be reviewed.

India's Defence Attache Brig R D Mehta and Counsellor V V Rao were among the five personnel of the Indian Mission staff killed in Kabul when suspected Taliban terrorists struck the embassy on July 7.

Two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, Roop Singh and Ajai Pathania and an Afghan national working with the embassy, Niyamatullah, were also killed in the attack.


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