1,250kg of explosives seized in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (PAN): 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 (NDS) operatives on the basis of intelligence.
A man was detained on the charge of trying to smuggle the explosives from Pakistan 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 world 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 NATO-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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