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May 02, 2012

Major Terrorist Attack Thwarted in Afghanistan

Afghan authorities say the country's intelligence agency has thwarted a major terrorist attack near the capital and arrested a Pakistani national in connection with the attempted strike.

The agency said the suspect was driving a truck filled with explosives when he was arrested Thursday on a road just east of Kabul.

It said the man aimed to use the truck bomb in a suicide attack, but did not disclose the suspected target.

In eastern Paktia province, a blast inside a mosque killed six people.  A spokesman for the provincial governor, Rohullah Samoon says the blast took place in Zurmat district and that four of the dead were foreign fighters.

And NATO said one of its service members died Thursday in eastern Afghanistan as a result of a non-battle-related injury.