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Terror attacks foiled in Ghazni, Helmand

AT-KABUL: Law enforcement agencies have foiled terror attacks in southern Ghani and Helmand provinces by seizing explosive-laden vehicles and detaining a terrorist.

Afghanistan’s spy agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), on Monday said that its operatives have thwarted a terror bid in the southeastern Ghazni province and saved many innocent lives.

“Intelligence operatives arrested a terrorist, who planned to carry out suicide attack in Mustafa Masjid [mosque] to target the Friday congregational prayers,” said the intelligence agency in a statement issued here.

Providing further details, the NDS said the alleged terrorist wanted to use a car full of explosives and a magnetic bomb to target the mosque which is located in Ghazni city.

During primary interrogation the detained terrorist, whose name was not mentioned in the statement, confessed that he was directed by the Taliban commander Pair Agha to carry terror attack in the city, said the NDS.

“The spy agency’s operatives succeeded to prevent a deadly terrorist attack which would cause killing and wounding of tens of innocent people in the city,” said the statement.

Separately, the security forces foiled another terror attack planned by the Taliban to target civilians in southern Helmand province, local officials said.

Officials said the security forces have seized an explosive-laden vehicle in the Lashkargah city, the provincial capital of volatile Helmand.

The officials added that the militants had placed around 150kg of explosives in hidden cavities of the vehicle. No further details were provided by the authorities.

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