KABUL - Afghan security forces have foiled a new year bomb plot with the discovery of nine tonnes of explosives hidden under bananas in the back of a lorry, Afghanistan’s spy agency said Sunday.

The explosives were found in a truck from neighbouring Pakistan which had entered the eastern province of Nangarhar, spy agency spokesman Lutfullah Mashal told a press conference.

The attack was planned for Afghan new year celebrations on Tuesday in either Kabul or Nangarhar, he said. The find was made in early March.

Celebrations marking the beginning of spring and the Afghan new year, known as Nawruz, were banned under Taliban rule.