Kandahar: Afghan police in the southern
province of Kandahar have seized at least 17 tonnes 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 10
kilograms each, with 200 fuses and two more tonnes of
explosive materials, were found Friday in two tractor-towed
trailers, border police chief Tafseer Khan Khogyani said.
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. (AFP)