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Tonnes of explosives seized in Helmand

Tonnes of explosives seized in Helmand

May 27, 2012 - 20:52

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Intelligence operatives detained four people on charges of abduction, transporting explosives and having links to insurgency in southern Helmand province, the spy service in Kabul said on Sunday.

A National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) statement said the detainees included three kidnappers, identified as Mirwais, Juma Gul and Sardar Mohammad, all residents of Lashkargah city, the provincial capital.

It accused the individuals of previously kidnapping a six-year-old child, who had been released after 1.5 million afghanis were paid in ransom.

Another detainee, identified as Hamdullah, a Lashkargah resident, was involved in insurgency-related activities, said the statement, which added the individual had confessed to his crime during preliminary investigations.

The statement said intelligence operatives seized 9 tonnes of explosives, ammonium nitrate and potassium chloride in Lashkargah.

The materials had been brought to the city for terrorist activities by Mullahinfo-icon Agha Wali, a Talibaninfo-icon commander for Lashkargah and Nahr-i-Saraj district for their spring offensive called “Al-Farooq operation.”




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