NDSThe National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has seized a bomb-making factory in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

A statement released by the agency on Sunday states that the factory was discovered and destroyed in a joint operation with Afghan National Army in Wazir Abad village of Garmsir District.

33 landmines, rounds of heavy weapons, explosive materials and other materials used to make bombs were at the factory by the time it was raided.

“Terrorists were making bombs, suicide vests and anti-tank landmines in this factory to martyr or hurt our people including kids, women, elders and Afghan soldiers,” the statement states. “Fortunately, by confiscating these explosives, several attacks of the enemy and bloodshed of our people are prevented.”

This comes as numerous Taliban militants have launched an attack on parts of Helmand province and trying to take the control of those areas.

Security forces have been engaged in clashes with them to rebuff their attack. Ministry of Defense says Taliban have suffered heavy casualties.

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