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Security forces foil major attack on Afghan town

Iran Press TV

Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:35PM GMT

Afghan Security forces have foiled a potentially devastating attack on a town in eastern Laghman Province and seized a large quantity of weapons, security sources say.

Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement that its forces have carried out a raid on a militant hideout in the troubled region, injuring several militants and arresting at least three others.

The NDS said it has seized a hoard of arms and ammunitions, including explosives, machine guns and grenades as well as a vehicle packed with 140 kilogram of explosives.

Sources said bombers were intending to carry out the deadly attack in Mehtarlam town, the capital of Laghman Province.

Kabul and several other main cities have been the scene of several major attacks over the past few weeks.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their new 'offensive' against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan. The militant group said it would use 'every possible tactic' to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops.

JR/PR



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