Afghan Police Successfully Seize Tons of Explosive Material

Afghan Police seized 220 bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizers, May 28, in Nangarhar province. (Courtesy photos from Afghan Border Police Public Affairs)
31 May 2018

By: Maj. Terez M. Little, Train, Advise and Assist Command-East Public Affairs

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Nangarhar Provincial Police Force and Afghan Border Police seized tons of explosive material at the Torkham Border Crossing in Nangarhar province, May 28.
The group received information of a vehicle traveling into the area carrying explosive materials.

"Based on intelligence reports, Afghan Border Police at Turkham seized 220 bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizers, loaded in a Pakistani jingle truck,” said Wahidullah Nayazi, border police officer. "All bags were professionally concealed with banana fruits.”

Reports indicate investigators acted quickly to intercept the jingle truck concealing somewhere between four and ten tons of ammonium nitrate under a large load of bananas.

Four individuals were arrested in the seizure, three from Jalalabad City and one from Pakistan; all admitted to their crimes.

"Afghan-independent operations such as this one demonstrate the constantly growing Afghan National Defense and Security Force capability,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Brennan Jr. "The Afghan Police Force is both professional and lethal. We stand firmly beside our Afghan partners as they protect and serve the people of Afghanistan.”

Established in 2015, Resolute Support (RS) is a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.  Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.


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