The Afghan forces have confiscated a vehicle carrying at least 7800 kgs of Ammonium Nitrate during an operation in Momand Dara district of Nangarhar.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the vehicle was seized in Torkham Township by the operatives of the National Directorate of Security.

The statement further added that the Ammonium Nitrate was placed in 156 sacks and were hidden under the vegetables.

According to the provincial government, the militants had imported the Ammonium Nitrate from Pakistan and were looking to use them in their future attacks.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and security personnel.

However, in majority of such incidents the ordinary civilians are targeted besides such bombings incur casualties to the security personnel and in some cases the Taliban militants themselves are killed or wounded.

A total of 10,453 civilian casualties – 3,438 people killed and 7,015 injured – were documented in the 2017 Annual Report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office.

The report further added that the high number of casualties to the civilians were inflicted by suicide bombings and other attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


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