Afghan of­fi­cials seize truck with 16 tonnes of ex­plo­sives

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Kabul, Afghanistan - Afghan in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials said on Sun­day they seized a truck in Kabul car­ry­ing more than 16 tonnes of ex­plo­sives hid­den in boxes marked as poul­try feed, months af­ter a truck bomb killed about 150 peo­ple.

The truck, with Pak­istani li­cence plates, was seized in District 9 of the cap­i­tal, the Na­tional Direc­torate of Se­cu­rity said in a state­ment, ad­ding that five peo­ple were ar­rested.

‘It was loaded with ex­plo­sives to make bombs, sui­cide vests and con­duct ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in Kabul’, the state­ment said, ad­ding that 16,500kg of ex­plo­sives was seized.

On May 31 a mas­sive truck bomb ripped through the Afghan cap­i­tal’s diplo­matic quar­ter dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour, killing about 150 and wound­ing around 400 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians.

No group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack that was caused by over 1,500kg of ex­plo­sives hid­den in a sewage truck, ac- cord­ing to Western of­fi­cials.

Tal­iban mil­i­tants rarely claim re­spon­si­bil­ity for at­tacks that kill large num­bers of civil­ians.

The mil­i­tants have in­ten­si­fied their at­tacks since they launched their ‘spring of­fen­sive’ in late April, with civil­ians bear­ing the brunt of the con­flict. Ac­cord­ing to UN fig­ures, more than 26,500 civil­ians have died and nearly 49,000 have been in­jured as a re­sult of armed con­flict in Afghanistan since Jan­uary 2009.

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