Afghan cops find 17 tons of explosives

2012-03-25 22:14

Kandahar - Afghan police in the southern province of Kandahar have seized at least 17 tons of explosives insurgents were planning to use for improvised explosive devices, a senior officer said on Sunday.

Around 5 000 packets of explosives weighing three to 10kg each, with 200 fuses and two more tons of explosive materials, were found on Friday in two tractor-towed trailers, border police chief Tafseer Khan Khogyani told AFP.

The shipment was coming from Quetta, where the Taliban leadership council is based, he said, and the drivers were killed in the operation.

Improvised explosive devices are the deadliest weapon used by the insurgents in Afghanistan, who have been fighting the government of President Hamid Karzai and his Western allies for a decade.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-25 23:23

    Sounds like a match made in heaven...

  • Fred - 2012-03-26 00:41

    These ate people doing bad things. They should be stopped at all costs. Afghanis deserve the right to vote for their leaders, like any country on Earth.

  • Juan - 2012-03-26 02:23

    Quite s significant find, this have saved many lives. Also the Afghan police and army are improving. Should these Afghan forces be able to hold their own against the taliban after Western forces withdrawal, the Western intervension would have been a success, if not, a complete failure.

  • Afsar Khan - 2012-03-26 06:10

    Wow! seems as though the taliban are actually the perpetrators in this crime, although one has to marvel at the timing of this report. Right after the murderous rampage of an American soldier who took 17 INNOCENT lives. Its the Wests way of saying dont worry world their still the bad guys. At least those explosives were intended to be used in a war against SOLDIERS, occupying forces by the FREEDOM FIGHTERS. unlike the drones and F16s used by the U.S which target just about anything that resembles an Afghan, wake up guys the medias just played you'll again.

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