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Afghan police seize 9700 kgs of explosives from Pakistani fresh fruits truck

truck-with-9700-kg-explosives-seized-by-Afghan-policeAFGHANISTAN: The Afghan police forces seized at least 9,700 kgs of explosives as the militants were looking to use the explosives for attacks in Afghanistan.

“Yesterday evening, Afghan National Border Police (ANBP) confiscated 9700 kilos of Ammonium Nitrate, a key component used to make Improvised Explosive Devices,” a statement by Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

The statement further added that “The Ammonium Nitrate was placed in a Pakistani truck transporting fresh fruits to Afghanistan.”

“The police searched the truck and found the Ammonium Nitrate hidden under the fruits in the Torkham port,” the statement said, adding that “Two suspects were arrested on accusation of this case.”

The Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgent groups are frequently using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces.

The IEDs are the main contributors to the casualties of the Afghan security forces but are also considered as a key factor in growing civilian casualties.
At least 600 civilians were killed and 1,343 others were wounded in the first quarter of 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its latest report.

UNAMA further added that consistent with 2015 trends, ground engagements caused the highest number of total civilian casualties, followed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), complex and suicide attacks, as well as targeted killings. -KP


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