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1,250kg of explosives seized in Helmand

1,250kg of explosives seized in Helmand

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Aug 11, 2011 - 12:26

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): Intelligence officials seized an explosives-laden truck in the southern province of Helmand, the department said in a statement on Thursday.

Up to 1250 kilograms of explosives, placed in six barrels beneath 200 sugar bags, were recovered by National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) operatives on the basis of intelligence.

A man was detained on the charge of trying to smuggle the explosives from Pakistaninfo-icon to Garmser district and then to Lashkargah, the spy service said in a statement. Intelligence agents are interrogating the suspect.

Militants want to disrupt security in Lashkargah and show the worldinfo-icon that Afghan forces are incapable of maintaining security, said Col. Nazar Ali Wahidi, the NDS head for Helmand.

Security responsibility for the city was transferred recently from NATOinfo-icon-led soldiers to Afghan forces in the first phase of the transition process, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

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