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Afghan Officials Seize Potassium Chlorate Hidden as Baby Powder

The Afghan intelligence agency said the large quantity of potassium chlorate — a key component in bomb making — was hidden in 384 cans of baby powder.
Image: Potassium chlorate disguised as baby powder
The Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) seized a large quantity of potassium chlorate in Kabul.NDS Afghanistan

More than 300 pounds of a bomb-making chemical was discovered disguised as baby powder, Afghan officials said.

The country's intelligence agency said the large quantity of potassium chlorate — a key component in bomb making — was hidden in 384 cans of baby powder that had been shipped from Pakistan and seized from a commercial district in Kabul.

"The material was to be used in terrorist activities in Kabul, but was seized before it was delivered,” the National Directorate of Security [NDS] said in a statement. Video of the cache released by the NDS showed dozens of pink, blue and green bottles filled with the white powder.

The Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) seized a large quantity of potassium chlorate in Kabul.NDS Afghanistan

Minister of the Interior Noru-i-Haq Ulomi said that the government lacks the equipment to scans the dozens of trucks coming from Pakistan into Afghanistan every day.

“Inevitably terrorists exploit that weakness,” he told a press conference Sunday after the haul was announced.