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Afghan forces repel Taliban attack

Nov. 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM   |   Comments

GHAZNI, Afghanistan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Security forces in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province prevented a Taliban plot to attack a religious ceremony, local officials said.

Taliban militants were allegedly planning to detonate a large amount of explosives near participants in the ceremony in Ghazni Saturday, Khaama Press reported.

Provincial security chief Zalawar Zahid said the militants were trying to transport more than 3,000 pounds of explosives planted inside 28 barrels from Wazirabad to Ghazni, but security forces intervened.

Coalition forces seized a cache of weapons and explosives Friday belonging to a Taliban group from Deh Yak district, Zahid said, adding that it was one of the biggest Taliban arms caches ever found in the district.

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