Kabul says attackers contacted people outside country

September 15, 2011 16:47


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KABUL - Mobile telephones used by the six attackers who fought off Western and Afghan forces for 20 hours in this week's attack on Kabul showed they were in touch with people outside the country during the siege, the interior minister said on Thursday.

The insurgents took up position in a partly built multi-story building and fired rockets towards the US and other embassies and the headquarters of NATO-led foreign forces. Six of the rockets landed inside the US embassy perimeter.

Interior Minister Bismillah Mohmmadi said that security forces had found six mobile phones and weapons in the building after the last of the gunmen were killed on Wednesday.

"The evidence we have received shows they were communicating, and were led from outside Afghanistan," he said in a video released to journalists by his ministry.

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