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Five arrested for Pakistan school massacre

Published:Sunday | January 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

KABUL (AP):Afghan security services have arrested five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials said yesterday.

The men, all non-Afghans, helped support the December 16 assault by the Taliban at the Army Public School and College in the city of Peshawar, three Afghan officials told The Associated Press. They said the men were arrested in recent weeks near Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorised to brief journalists.

The attack in Peshawar, in which seven Taliban gunmen in suicide bomb vests slaughtered children gathered in the school's auditorium and hallways, shocked and enraged citizens across Pakistan.

Though the two neighbours have long had tense relations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to coordinate counter-terrorism efforts with Pakistan in the wake of the school attack.

SWAP DEAL

Western diplomats and military officials have said the level of cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad since then is unprecedented. One Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said those arrested by Afghanistan might be used in a prisoner swap deal with Pakistan. The diplomat did not say whom Afghanistan might receive in return.

Both countries have traded accusations of harbouring the other's militants, enabling them to plan and carry out assaults before sneaking across the mountainous shared border.