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Afghanistan Arrests Eight Haqqani Network Members Over TV Station Attack

Founder of the Haqqani network Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani (file photo).
Founder of the Haqqani network Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani (file photo).

Afghan authorities say they have arrested eight members of the Haqqani militant network blamed for a deadly suicide attack on a bus carrying employees of the country's biggest TV station.

The National Directorate for Security (NDS), Afghanistan's intelligence agency, said in a statement on January 22 those arrested were behind the attack that killed seven journalists and injured 26 others in Kabul.

A suicide bomber struck the minibus with workers from Tolo TV on January 20.The Taliban claimed responsibility and said it had s specifically targeted Tolo TV, calling it a "spy agency."

NDS said the arrests were made in a district in the southeast Kabul but didn't provide any other details.

The Haqqani network, a Taliban affiliate and U.S.-declared terrorist group, is blamed for some of the deadliest and most sophisticated attacks on U.S. and Afghan troops in Afghanistan.

The group mainly operates out of Pakistani border areas.

Based on reporting by Reuters and