Kandahar: Afghan police said on Sunday they
had seized 17 tonnes of explosives hidden in paint and pickle
tins at a customs office on the southern border with Pakistan.
The explosives had been trucked from the Pakistani city
of Quetta to Afghanistan`s Spin Boldak and were brought to the
official customs point for tax payment, police chief General
Shafique Afzali told a news agency.
Two people were arrested but Afzali said it was unclear
if the pair were merely transporting the goods or were
involved in militant activities.
"Further investigations will determine if the two
arrested are involved or not," he said.
The explosives are believed to have been destined to make
crude roadside and suicide bombs -- the weapon of choice for
Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan and US-led NATO troops.
Afghanistan shares a long porous border with Pakistan and
relies heavily on imports of goods from its neighbour,
including food products. Torkham and Spin Boldak are the two
main entry points from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
Kabul has long accused elements in Pakistan of secretly
sponsoring the Taliban in Afghanistan, providing them with
training, weapons and explosives, an accusation always met
with angry rebuttals.