Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president, said on Wednesday at 6:30 am meeting that the root cause of the increase in explosions and suicides in Kabul and other provinces is the smuggled exports of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of ammonium nitrate from Pakistan, the chemical material that plays a key role in making improvised explosive devices.
Saleh claimed that the explosives have been smuggled by Pakistan to the Afghan Taliban in 2020 and that each ton can make up to 50 explosive devices.
According to Saleh, improvised explosive devices use fewer industrial explosive materials, and its exports are sourced to Pakistan.
He said that most of the explosives are made of ammonium nitrate, a chemical fertilizer that has been banned in Afghanistan for decades.
“In our negotiations with the Pakistanis, we have repeatedly mentioned the ban on the export of these materials to Afghanistan,” Saleh said.
This comes in a time that the explosion of magnetic mines and suicide attacks in Kabul and other provinces of the country has escalated.
Recently on Wednesday morning, a magnetic IED placed in a Police ranger-type vehicle exploded that killed a policeman and injured two others.
Kabul residents are concerned over daily explosions of magnetic IEDs and target killings.