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Reports: Would-Be Terror Lab Seized

August 24, 2002

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ Security forces discovered a suspected al-Qaida chemical laboratory in a Kabul neighborhood Saturday complete with explosives and suspicious documents, Radio Kabul reported.

The report said the laboratory was found in a house in the city’s Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood which was formerly occupied by the Saudi non-governmental organization Wafa.

Wafa is among the organizations that the United States believes were connected to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network. Before the collapse of the Taliban last year, Wafa ran a number of operations in Afghanistan including food distribution and construction work.

Radio Kabul, which is run by Afghanistan’s interim administration, said security officials found 16 types of chemicals and explosives in the house as well as documents which were not described.

No further details were available, and it was unclear who occupied the house at the time of the raid. There was no immediate comment by officials on the report.

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