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Above 2,000 kg of explosives seized in Helmand

Above 2,000 kg of explosives seized in Helmand

Sep 03, 2015 - 15:31

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 Pakistaninfo-icon. “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 Talibaninfo-icon militants in Marja district.

In Kabulinfo-icon, the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) said its operatives had captured four mine-planters in Adam Khan area of Helmand’s Greskhk 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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