Afghan police arrest 6 suspected suicide bombers

KABUL — Afghan police on Sunday arrested six men and seized suicide vests, assault rifles, and more than 50 hand grenades during a raid on a residential building in central Kabul, senior officials said.

Kabul Police Chief General Mohammad Ayub Salangi said an investigation was underway to determine the identities of the men he described as ‘‘terrorists’’ and what they were planning to attack.

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain met in London on Sunday with the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan to discuss prospects for peace talks with the Taliban.


Cameron initiated the meetings with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan last year to boost cooperation among the countries and promote regional stability.

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The talks, on Sunday and Monday, were expected to focus on preventing a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan when British, American, and other NATO troops withdraw from the country by the end of next year.

Downing Street said the trilateral meeting will include Afghan and Pakistani Army and intelligence chiefs for the first time.

The Pentagon’s top officials said on Sunday they expect US troops to remain in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in December 2014, but said no decision has been made.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and General Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States would continue a strategic partnership with Afghanistan, which would include military assistance.

Associated Press