Afghan National Police arrested two militants who were attempting to kill ANP officers in Chamkani district in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan, military officials say.

The militants were targeting the officers following the recent arrest of one of their companions, according to a news release issued jointly by U.S. Forces Afghanistan and the Afghan Ministry of Interior.

The militants, who were arrested on Wednesday, lived in neighboring districts. After the arrests, the ANP worked with coalition forces to call a meeting with village elders from the militants’ villages.

Elders from one of the villages, and the sub-governor of the Jani Kheyl district, said the militant from that village will be held responsible for his actions, officials said.

Also in Chamkani, a man brought a family member to the ANP, telling them that he had been studying in Pakistan and was ready to be a suicide bomber. The man who stepped forward said he wanted to prevent further bloodshed in his country.

Zemarai Bashary, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said "the tremendous courage displayed by this Afghan man as he stood up to the militants and put a stop to a future suicide bomber should be applauded."

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