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Afghan officials seize truck with 37,000 lbs of explosives

By Matiullah Mati, CNN
  • The explosives are hidden in boxes marked paint and pickles
  • It came in a truck from Pakistan, officials say

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Kandahar police have seized a truck carrying 17,000 kg (37,478 lbs) of explosives skillfully placed in boxes marked paint and pickles, authorities said.

The truck, with Pakistani license plates, was seized by Kandahar customs agents on Sunday as it came in from the Quetta province in Pakistan, officials said.

"Our enemies use various techniques with the purpose of destroying our country, but our alert police have been defusing their plans, as you see from today's good example," said General Mohammad Shafiq said Sunday.