Suspected Al Qaeda Aides Arrested in Afghanistan

Security forces arrested two suspects in a raid on an Al Qaeda hide-out in eastern Afghanistan, and confiscated weapons and night vision equipment believed used for bomb attacks on Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops, the coalition said Wednesday.

An assault force of Afghan and coalition troops raided the compound, believed to be a refuge "for Al Qaeda facilitators linked to a known terrorist network" near Pelankhel village in Khost province on Tuesday, a coalition statement said. The suspects surrendered peacefully.

The coalition did not identify the suspects or give their nationalities.

Weapons, night vision equipment and various electronic devices, suspected of being used for improvised explosive devices, were found in the compound, the statement said.

"Credible intelligence linked the targeted terrorists to plotting IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Khost province," it said.

U.S.-led coalition forces are concentrating their hunt for Al Qaeda, Taliban and other Islamic militants in the east of the country, along the Pakistan border, where Usama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri are still suspected to be hiding, nearly five years after the Sept. 11 attacks on America.

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