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Afghans say suicide blast planners arrested

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan’s main spy agency has arrested a group of Taliban it said was behind a series of deadly suicide bomb attacks in the capital, including one last week which killed 20 people, among them six foreign servicemen.

The leader of the group, Eide Gul, has confessed to having planned the attacks from Pakistan, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The seven arrested had organised eight suicide strikes against foreign and Afghan targets in Kabul since last year. Scores of people were killed or wounded, it said.

Removed from power in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001, the Taliban have made a comeback in recent years and regularly carry out suicide attacks against Afghan and foreign troops led by NATO and the U.S. military.

To turn the tide against the militants, U.S. President Barack Obama last year ordered the dispatch of some 30,000 extra U.S. forces to Afghanistan, where the number of foreign troops currently stands at more than 140,000.

Reporting by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by David Fox