UK says report of Afghan plot to kill envoys is credible

By REUTERS
March 31, 2012 00:24

LONDON - Britain's outgoing ambassador to Afghanistan said on Friday there was "some credibility" to reports that an Afghan governor plotted to kill the US, French and British envoys to Kabul in 2009, but that there was not enough evidence for a trial.

US investigators allege former governor Ghulam Qawis Abu Bakr ordered a 2009 suicide bombing that killed two US soldiers, and that he plotted to kill the US, French and British ambassadors in November 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The investigators also accuse him of involvement in acts of extortion and corruption, according to a summary of the investigation shown to the newspaper. US officials are pressing the Afghan government to prosecute him.


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