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Truck Bomb Plot Foiled in Afghanistan

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Suspected insurgent Taliban are presented to the media at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarter in Kabul, March 15, 2013.
Afghanistan's intelligence agency says it has defused a massive truck bomb that could have destroyed a whole area of the capital.

The National Directorate of Security said Friday the eight tons of explosives were found early in the week in eastern Kabul in a night raid. A resulting firefight killed five suspected plotters. Two other people were arrested.

The NDS said the bomb scheme was planned by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.

Shafiqullah Tahiri, a spokesman for the spy agency, said the detonation of the explosives would have been a "catastrophe" for people living in the city, destroying everything within 1,500 meters of the blast.