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Six Afghans arrested for attack on U.N. staff

An Afghan police officer guards an ambulance carrying victims of the attack that killed five U.N. personnel.
An Afghan police officer guards an ambulance carrying victims of the attack that killed five U.N. personnel.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Six arrested over attack in Kabul that killed five U.N. worlers
  • Among the six in custody was a religious teacher from a local mosque
  • He was arrested in Saudi city of Medina to attend Hajj pilgrimage
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Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Six Afghans have been arrested for planning this week's guest house suicide attack that killed five U.N. employees in Kabul, Afghanistan's chief of national security said Saturday.

Sayed Ansari also said the three suicide bombers were Pakistani.

Among the six in custody was a religious teacher from a local mosque, Mulla Qari Aminullah. He was arrested Thursday in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Ansari said Aminullah, from Ghazni province, is accused of hiding the three attackers in his Kabul home.

National security staff arrested Aminullah at Medina's airport as he was heading to the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Ansari said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that two of the U.N. personnel who died in Wednesday's attack by Taliban gunmen were helping the Afghan government plan for the November 7 runoff election.

Two of the other victims were security staff; the fifth had not been identified.