Above 2,000 kg of explosives seized in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Explosives weighing more than 2,000 kilograms have been confiscated and four militants involved in planting landmines arrested separately in southern Helmand province, official sources said on Thursday.
First Lieutenant Taimur Shah Nazari, the Garamsir district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News 2,250 kilograms of explosives were seized in the district on Wednesday and two persons were arrested in connection with the seizure.
He claimed the explosives carried in a pick-up vehicle had been brought from Pakistan. “It is not for the first time explosives were brought from Pakistan, but this time we had our patrols increased and captured the explosives before they were taken to the target.”
Nazari said the detained persons wanted to take the explosives to Taliban militants in Marja district.
In a statement, the spy service indentified the detained individuals as Ezzatullah, Janan, Shahi and Mohammad Gul, all residents of Helmand.
A Kalashnikov, five anti-personnel mines, 500 remote control devices, two landmine capsules and other military and explosive materials had been recovered from the detainees, the statement said, adding that the detainees had confessed to their crimes in preliminary interrogation.
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