Major attack foiled on Afghan school

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul. (File photo)

Afghan security forces have foiled a potentially devastating bomb attack on a high school in the country’s troubled south, security sources say.

This comes after Afghanistanâ„¢s National Directorate of Security (NDS) seized a motorcycle packed with explosives near a school in Lashkargah city of Helmand province on Tuesday.

The NDS said in a statement that Taliban militants were planning a terrorist attack against students and local residents.

Meanwhile, Afghan forces carried out a raid on a militant hideout in Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province, arresting at least four militants. The detained militants were said to be involved in terrorist activities, roadside bombings and abduction of individuals across the troubled region.

The developments come as Kabul and several other main cities have come under several major attacks over the past few weeks.

Taliban militants recently announced the start of their annual Å“spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

There has been no letup in the Taliban attacks on US-led foreign troops across Afghanistan with US-led troops and Afghan forces falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

Despite the Afghan and foreign soldiersâ„¢ frequent offensives against the Taliban and associated groups, they are still able to spread their influence in various regions of the war-ravaged country and have killed thousands of people.

Violence in Afghanistan has been on the rise in recent years, despite the prolonged presence of foreign forces in the war-torn country since the US-led invasion of the country more than 11 years ago.

The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

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Republished from: Press TV