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Afghan intelligence: Haqqani network truck bomb seized, would-be suicide bombers killed

The Afghan intelligence service says it has seized a massive truck bomb packed with 17,200 pounds of explosives on the eastern outskirts of Kabul.

Intelligence spokesman Shafiqullha Tahiri said Friday that intelligence agents also killed five suspected suicide bombers and arrested two others during a raid early Wednesday when the truck was seized.

He says all were suspected members of the militant Haqqani network, which is closely allied with the Taliban.

Tahiri says the explosive material was disguised as bags of cement, a trademark method of the Haqqanis, who are known for conducting spectacular attacks.

He says agents also seized several suicide bomb vests, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and hand grenades.