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Haqqani network trucks packed with 12,500 kgs of explosives seized in Paktika

By Ghanizada - Sun Feb 21 2016, 10:52 am

Haqqani network trucks seized in PaktikaThe Afghan intelligence operatives thwarted a deadly attack plot by the Haqqani terrorist network in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan by seizing two trucks loaded with 12,500 kgs of explosives.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the explosives were loaded on two trucks and were confiscated by the intelligence operatives before they manage to use them in an attack.

A statement by NDS said the explosives were placed under woods and a suspect identified as Rafiq has been arrested in connection to the transport of the explosives.

No further details were given regarding the exact location where the trucks were seized and the possible target of the attack by the network.

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and often carry out insurgency activities.

At least six civilians, belonging to the same family, were killed in an explosion triggered by roadside bomb in this province recently.

The Haqqani terrorist network was found in the late 1970s by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, including the 19-hour siege at the US Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

The network is allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region and was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization on September 7, 2012 by the US Department of State.

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