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Afghan forces foil New Year bomb plot: Official

Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 00:23

Kabul: Afghan security forces have foiled a
new year bomb plot with the discovery of nine tonnes of
explosives hidden under bananas in the back of a lorry,
Afghanistan`s spy agency said on Sunday.

The explosives were found in a truck from neighbouring
Pakistan which had entered the eastern province of Nangarhar,
spy agency spokesman Lutfullah Mashal told a press conference.

The attack was planned for Afghan new year celebrations on
Tuesday in either Kabul or Nangarhar, he said. The find was
made in early March.

"Nine tonnes of explosives were hidden under a banana
consignment in a lorry. The owner of the truck has fled back
to Pakistan, but his Afghan driver was arrested by the Afghan
security forces," Mashal said.

Celebrations marking the beginning of spring and the
Afghan new year, known as Nawruz, were banned under Taliban
rule. (AFP)


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 00:23
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