Security forces thwarted a bombing in a southern Afghan town by capturing a donkey laden with explosives and a man who was plotting to blow up the animal in a rebel attack, a government spokesman said Thursday.
The donkey had 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of explosives and several land mines strapped to its back hidden in old sacks, said Ali Khail, a local government spokesman in Qalat town. The charge was linked to a remote-controlled detonator.
"The terrorists wanted to use the donkey as part of an attack," Khail said. "It would have been a massive explosion."
He said police were investigating the intended target, but he suspected it may have been a U.S.-led coalition base in Qalat.
Insurgents have stepped up attacks using bombs hidden in vehicles or on roadsides, but this is the first with them using an animal.