KABUL  - Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Friday that it had foiled a massive truck bomb plot in which 7,800 kilogrammes of explosives could have wiped out an area of Kabul. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the attack had been planned by the Haqqani network and the Taliban leadership, though it offered no concrete evidence of the plot.

Shafiqullah Tahiri, spokesman for the spy agency, said the explosives had been found on Tuesday, hidden in cement bags in a truck on the eastern outskirts of the capital. “Based on an investigation by the NDS, these explosives would have destroyed everything within 1,500 metres,” Tahiri told reporters.