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Police seize tons of ammonium nitrate at Torkham

AT-KABUL: The Afghan National Border Police have seized 9,700 kilograms ammonium nitrate, used by Taliban militants to make bombs and other explosives.

“The ammonium nitrate was recovered in a Pakistani truck heading for Afghanistan during a search operation at Torkham area late Monday,” interior ministry said in a statement, referring to the border point with Pakistan.

It said that the ammonium nitrate was hidden under the fruit.

“Two suspects regarding the case were arrested,” the statement mentioned.
Separately, Afghan National Police launched an operation in the Jawahiran village of the Ghoryan district of Herat province, in which four Taliban fighters were arrested, according to the interior ministry’s statement.

“Police have also seized some weapons and ammunition,” statement concluded.

The government had earlier banned imort of the ammonium nitrate in Afghanistan because Taliban insurgents use it in homemade bombs, which are most often planted along roads and are a leading killer of civilians and troops in Afghanistan.

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