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Afghan forces say seize tonnes of explosives ahead of election

Published on Apr 1, 2014 6:16 PM
 
Policemen keep watch during an election campaign rally by Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in Bagram on April 1, 2014. Afghan security forces have seized more than 22 tonnes of explosives, enough to make hundreds of bombs, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, four days before a presidential election. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL (REUTERS) – Afghan security forces have seized more than 22 tonnes of explosives, enough to make hundreds of bombs, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, four days before a presidential election.

Taleban insurgents have declared war on the April 5 vote, calling it a Western-backed sham and threatening to disrupt it.

“This discovery will prevent hundreds of bomb attacks and would have a significant impact on the overall security of the elections,” Sediq Sediqqi, an Interior Ministry spokesman, told Reuters.

Authorities are keen to show they are capable of keeping the vote safe and orderly as most foreign troops prepare to leave the country by the end of the year.

 
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