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Eleven suicide vests have been found at the defence ministry compound in Afghanistan, which also houses the residence and office of the Afghan president.
Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the Afghan capital, Kabul, said on Tuesday that while this information had not yet been formally released by the authorities, a number of arrests had already been made.
"Al Jazeera has been told by a high level intelligence service source that the 11 suicide vests, packed with explosives and used by suicide bombers, have been found inside the ministry of defence headquarters - one of the most secure, heavily guarded buildings in the Afghan capital," said Bays.
"It's a very secure building because it is on a compound that is not accessible to the general public ... It is in the same compound where President Hamid Karzai lives and works," said Bays.