Security agents have arrested 17 people allegedly trained in Pakistan to launch suicide attacks in Afghanistan, the country's intelligence agency said.
The 17 were detained in Nangarhar, Kunduz and Kabul provinces and told authorities they attended militant training camps in neighboring Pakistan, intelligence agency spokesman Said Ansari said Wednesday. It was unclear when they were detained.
Ansari said that militants in Pakistan encourage fighters to carry out suicide attacks by telling them that girls in Afghanistan are wearing un-Islamic clothes or studying subjects in school unrelated to Islam.
"They are telling those people that they should conduct suicide attacks because the foreigners who are here are doing bad things in Afghanistan that are unacceptable in an Islamic country," Ansari told a news conference.
Few details were provided on the 17 detainees.