World Bulletin / News Desk
The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's intelligence agency, claimed seizing more than one thousand kilogram of explosives in Ningrahar province.
"The terrorists wanted to use these explosives in the terrorist and destructive activities by making Improvised Explosive Devices and car-bombs," the NDS said in a press release on Sunday.
The NDS said 1,216 kilograms of explosives were discovered stuffed in 76 paint cans.
"The cans have trade marks from paint companies in Pakistan," the statement claimed.
It said the cans were on a shipment from Pakistan to Afghanistan and were hidden in a trucking company’s compound in Jalal-Abad city, the capital of Ningrahar province.
"One person with the name of Zia-ur-Rahman, son of Gul Baz Khan who is suspected of being involved in the smuggling, has been arrested," a well-placed source in Ningrahar police told AA, on the condition of anonymity.
He said Zia-ur-Rahman is originally from the Qarghai district of Laghman province and was living in Jalal-Abad city.
The source said the detained suspect is believed to be a strong Taliban member.
"With this achievement, many destructive and terrorist attacks have been foiled," he added.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by US-led forces following the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington.
They have since been battling Afghan government troops and US-led foreign forces.
The Taliban have recently stepped up attacks on government and foreign forces, scheduled to withdraw from the country by the end of 2014.
Thousands of civilians have been killed and injured since the US-led invasion in 2001, but the Afghan government has not been able to provide a reliable casualty toll.