Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency says its officers have detained at least 26 Daesh Takfiri terrorists who were planning attacks on mourning processions held by Muslims during the upcoming event of Ashura.
According to Press TV, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on Tuesday that the terrorists were arrested in separate operations across the capital Kabul over the past 72 hours.
“Twenty-six members of the terrorist group including one of their group leaders, Abdullah, were detained in capital Kabul,” the statement read.
NDS Spokesperson Tasal Khan confirmed that the terrorists were currently under investigation for planning “attacks on Ashura ceremonies.”
“These terrorists were detained over the past three days in Kabul.”
People across Afghanistan prepare to hold mourning processions to mark the day of Ashura, which is the climax of mourning rituals during the lunar month of Muharram. The event commemorates the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) and the third Imam.
The mourning rituals peak on the 10th day, traditionally known as Ashura, when the Imam and 72 of his loyal companions were martyred at the hands of the despot to whom they had refused to pledge allegiance.
Over the last two years, the terrorist group has carried out dozens of attacks on mosques, religious and political gatherings as well as sports clubs and education centers of the Afghan community, including an attack during Ashura in 2016, in which nearly 20 people were martyred.
On September 5, at least 20 people were martyred and nearly 70 others injured in twin bombings inside a sports club in a mainly of western Kabul. .