TALIBS UNABLE TO DISRUPT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN - AMBASSADOR

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KABUL, October 6 (RIA Novosti's Petr Goncharov) - Talibs are no longer able to disrupt the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan, said to reporters on Wednesday.

"Talibs have been confirming lately that they were getting ready for large-scale terrorist attacks and sabotage aimed at disrupting the elections. They will hardly be able to do it now", said Mr. Kabulov.

According to him, recently Afghanistan's law enforcement agencies have been rather efficient. Only over the last week in Kabul they managed to seize several tons of explosives and prevent terrorist attacks planned by Talibs.

In Mr. Kabulov's opinion, today Talibs can carry out "more or less effective actions" only outside the Afghan capital, mostly in the south-east of the country.

"In Kabul Talibs can only commit terrorist attacks, which can once again shock both the local population and the world community", he said.

At the same time, the local security agencies exert every effort to prevent such actions of Talibs, the ambassador pointed out.

As RIA Novosti was told by General Azimi, official spokesman of the Afghan Defense Ministry, three "security belts" have been established around the Afghan capital.

The two outer belts accommodate troops of Afghanistan's Defense Ministry and Interior Ministry, while the third inner circle is constituted by the International Security Support Force (ISSF) and the coalition troops.

Besides, the number of ISSF patrol cars in the city has been increased. And finally, the city's outskirts and main roads at the entrance to Kabul are controlled by foot patrols, which literally comb every Afghan yard in their areas of responsibility.

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