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Afghan spy agency alleges foreign intelligence service behind deadly hotel attack

Afghanistan's spy agency alleges that a foreign intelligence service, and not the Taliban or the Haqqani militant group, was behind the attack on a Kabul hotel last week that killed nine people, including four foreigners.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said in a statement that the nation's intelligence agency made the assertion at meeting of top security officials Sunday. It did not specify which country was purportedly responsible for the attack, but Kabul routinely accuses Pakistan of sending militants across the border to wage attacks.

The agency also said neither the Taliban nor the Haqqani group was even aware the attack was in the offing.

The statement also said the agency has concluded that students at Pakistani religious schools are gearing up to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential polls next month.