KABUL: Afghan officials say they have foiled a plot by the Islamic State militant group to assassinate the top US envoy in Kabul on Tuesday, as a wave of targeted killings continues across the country.
Intelligence officers disbanded a four-member IS cell in the eastern province of Nangarhar that planned to assassinate Ross Wilson as well as Afghan officials, the NDS said.
Duffy Wilson, the US in-charge in Kabul, has condemned the recent killings in the capital and other prominent Afghan cities, including by journalists, activists and politicians.
“The cell’s main assassin and facilitator, Abdul Waheed, planned to assassinate the US ambassador to Afghanistan, as well as some high-ranking Afghan officials,” the NDS said in a statement.
“His plan was foiled with his arrest.” The NDS did not provide further details and the US embassy in Kabul did not respond to requests for comment. In recent months, deadly violence has shaken Afghanistan, including a new trend of targeted killings of prominent Afghans that has spread fear and chaos despite the Taliban and the government’s involvement in peace talks.