Afghanistan bursts China's espionage cell in Kabul

According to diplomats and security officials in the West Asian country, Afghanistan has busted a 10-member Chinese module operating a terror cell in Kabul.

 The crackdown by the NDS started on 10 December. The 10 Chinese citizens, detained in this connection by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) on charges of espionage and running a terror cell, are believed to be linked to China’s spy agency, Ministry of State Security.  This development is a great embarrassment for Beijing, which has been trying to persuade the Ashraf Ghani government to hush up the case, people familiar with the matter in Kabul and New Delhi said.

A senior diplomat in Kabul said, :At least two of the 10 Chinese nationals were in contact with the Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that doubles as the sword arm of the Taliban." Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been briefed about the detentions and has authorised First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, a former chief of the Afghan intelligence agency, to oversee the investigation and engage the Chinese in view of the sensitivities involved.

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