News - Afghanistan
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) seized hundreds of bottles of Potassium Chlorate disguised as baby powder in a raid in Kabul on Sunday.
According to the NDS the substance, used to make explosives, was packed in baby powder bottles – 384 in total. The bottles were in cardboard cartons and were seized at a warehouse belonging to an import company in District 8 – Shah Shaheed - in Kabul.
The NDS said in a statement that the bottles had been imported by the Haqqani insurgent network from outside the country.
"The potassium chlorate was transferred from outside [the country] for the launching of the suicide attacks and blasts," read the statement.
Two years ago Pentagon research showed that insurgents in Afghanistan had started using potassium chlorate to make homemade bombs. This is the same substance used to make matches catch fire.
According to their study, they found that over 60 percent of IEDs were being made from this substance – a material that is however considered extremely unstable.
This latest find comes just hours after a suicide car bomber killed three people and injured at least 18 in Kabul on Sunday.
This explosion was the second one of the day and the third in less than 24 hours. No casualties were reported in the earlier blast in the city but an IED that exploded at the Kabul University on Saturday night injured two lecturers.