Karzai claims CIA-trained Afghans seized student

KIMBERLY DOZIER
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai sits among the audience prior to his nationally televised speech about the state of Afghan women in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March, 10, 2013. Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave as planned by the end of next year. Karzai says two deadly suicide bombings on Saturday show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to help show that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai is denouncing the seizure of a university student by armed Afghans that his spokesman says work for the CIA.

Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi told The Associated Press on Sunday that the CIA freed the student after Karzai's staff intervened. But Faizi says Karzai wants the armed Afghans arrested and will ban foreign forces from universities.

Faizi says the raiders fired shots as they grabbed the student Saturday from a Kandahar university. He says they interrogated him at a CIA post that Taliban leader Mullah Omar once used as a home.

The CIA could not be reached for comment.

The agency has trained an Afghan counterterrorist force that U.S. officials say works with Afghan intelligence. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly