A top Afghan official says two men detained Monday in Kabul with a car full of explosives have confessed to planning an attack on cabinet ministers or international peacekeepers.
General Deen Mohammad Jurat heads the security affairs office of the Interior Ministry. He told reporters the detained men were planning to blow up the car near a senior cabinet minister or in front of an office of the International Security Assistance Force (I-S-A-F).
News of the arrests was reported Monday by Kabul television, which showed pictures of a car with yellow blocks - identified as explosives - stored under the seat and behind door panels. The report said the explosives were discovered after the car became involved in a traffic accident.
General Jurat said the two men are Afghan nationals, contradicting earlier reports that one is a foreigner.
He did not specify which cabinet minister was the intended target. But Kabul media reports say it was President Hamid Karzai.
A spokeswoman for the international peacekeepers in Kabul (Major Angela Herbert) said Afghan government is investigating the incident and that she could not provide any information about it.