According to a New York Times report, Abdul Rehman Al Logari, a suicide bomber at Kabul Airport, was handed over to the CIA by India in 2017 and later released from prison after the Taliban took control.
|Afghan Taliban security personnel after the August 26 attack on Hamid Karzai Airport (AFP / File)
Four months after a suicide bomber struck at an airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, US and foreign intelligence officials have been trying to gather information on the attacker.
The attack on Kabul Airport killed several people, including 13 Americans, and was described as one of the deadliest attacks during the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
According to a report in the New York Times, US military commanders say they are now using the information to track down a cell of the Islamic State militant group that they believe was involved in the attack. Was
He believes members of the cell could be among the militants targeted by MQ-9 armed drones flying over the Persian Gulf.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has named Abdul Rehman al-Logari as the attacker during the US evacuation of Kabul airport.
According to the New York Times, US officials say Abdur Rehman al-Logari was an alumnus of engineering and was one of several militants released by the Afghan Taliban from two Afghan high-security prisons after taking control.
According to the report, the Taliban emptied the jails without any discrimination, not only releasing their members but also releasing the fighters of the Islamic State of Khorasan.
Edmund Fatton Brown, a senior UN counterterrorism official, said during a recent security conference in Doha: I was thinking. ‘
According to a New York Times report, US officials say that Abdur Rehman Logari is not new to Americans. In 2017, it was the CIA that informed Indian intelligence agents that they (Logan) were planning a suicide attack on New Delhi. Indian authorities foiled the attack and handed Logan over to the CIA, after which Logan was sent to Afghanistan, where he was held at the Parwan Jail at Bagram Airport.
Abdur Rehman Logari was released when the Taliban took control of Kabul and there was a fear of chaos.
According to military officials, just 11 days later, on August 26, a suicide bomber approached a group of U.S. soldiers wearing 25kg of explosives under their clothes, checking on those fleeing the country from Hamid Karzai International Airport. ۔
The bomber struck shortly afternoon in front of a police recruiting center, killing two policemen and wounding three others, he said.
According to US officials, the Taliban killed a former senior ISIS leader in Afghanistan and released more than 12,000 other prisoners, including an estimated 6,000 Taliban, 1,800 Islamic State of Khorasan, and around three dozen al Qaeda contenders
Bruce O’Riddle, a former CIA operative, says “this mistake has put hundreds of terrorists back on the streets in Afghanistan.”
According to the New York Times, one of them was Abdul Rahman al-Logan. Logan was the son of an Afghan businessman who frequented India and Pakistan for business. Logan moved to India in 2017, where he began studying engineering at Manov Rachna University near New Delhi.
According to Indian media, Logan, who was part of the Islamic State of Khurasan, was detained for planning an attack on New Delhi and then handed over to the CIA. However, according to the New York Times, a CIA spokesman Refused to comment.
According to the report, US officials say Abdur Rehman al-Logari spent time in both Pul-e-Charki and Parwan prisons, but it is not clear when or how he became part of the Islamic State of Khorasan cell that attacked or why. And how the attackers on Kabul Airport.
However, several months after the attack, US intelligence analysts and military officials say they are focusing on the Islamic State of Khorasan cell and are trying to determine if it is. The cell is not planning possible future attacks against the West