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Afghanistan: Large bomb-making cache found in vegetable truck
Yesterday, Afghan security forces seized 156 sacks of ammonium nitrate, widely used in making explosives, from the back of a vegetable truck crossing the border from Pakistan. It is one of the biggest such finds.
Intelligence officers found nearly eight tons of the chemical, “brought for insurgent activities”, hidden under sacks of vegetables on the truck at the Torkham border crossing, at the end of the Khyber Pass, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said. Ammonium nitrate is widely used as a fertiliser, but for security reasons, imports into Afghanistan are banned.
Afghanistan faces insurgencies by the Taliban, Islamic State and the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. Pakistan and Afghanistan frequently accuse each other of harbouring terrorists planning cross-border raids. A massive truck bomb detonated in the Afghan capital of Kabul in May last year, killing more than 150 people.
Last August, US president Trump unveiled a more hawkish military approach to Afghanistan, including a surge in air strikes, aimed at forcing the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Publication date: 6/13/2018
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