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Afghanistan seizes 156 sacks of bomb-making material

Pakistani trucks are seen near Torkham close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, April 14, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Afghan security forces have seized 156 sacks of ammonium nitrate from the back of a vegetable truck coming from Pakistan, local officials say.

The bomb-making material was discovered during an operation in Momand Dara district of the southern province of Nangarhar on Sunday.

A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar confirmed that intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of the chemical "brought for insurgent activities" and hidden under sacks of vegetables on the truck at Torkham border crossing.

Militant groups frequently use explosive materials for roadside bombings and car bomb attacks to target Afghan security personnel. However, most of the time ordinary civilians are targeted. 

Pakistan and Afghanistan frequently accuse each other of harboring terrorists planning cross-border attacks.

The Afghan capital, Kabul, and several other cities have witnessed the deadliest bomb attacks over the past few months. 

In May last year, a massive truck bomb struck the capital and killed more than 150 people.

Separately, Taliban militants stormed a security checkpoint on Saturday night. Five policemen were killed.

The deadly assaults have been carried out in spite of the fact that Taliban have agreed to a ceasefire with the Afghan government for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In 2001, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan under the pretext of "war on terror." Some 17 years on, Taliban have only boosted their bloody campaign of violence across the country, targeting both civilians and military personnel.

More recently, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has also taken advantage of the chaos in Afghanistan and established a foothold in the eastern and northern regions. Daesh has been defeated in Iraq and Syria.

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