Accused of smuggling lithium: Taliban arrest two Chinese nationals

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Accused of smuggling lithium: Taliban arrest two Chinese nationals

Afghan Taliban arrested 2 Chinese nationals for smuggling lithium

According to a foreign news agency, the Taliban government of Afghanistan has arrested 5 people, including 2 Chinese, on the charge of smuggling the extremely important metal lithium.

All five persons have been arrested from Jalalabad, an important city near the Pak-Afghan border. The men are accused of attempting to illegally smuggle 1,000 metric tons of lithium ore rock.

Taliban intelligence officials in Kabul said that the two Chinese nationals along with some of their Afghan associates were planning to illegally transport Pahar rocks in the form of large stones through Pakistan to China.

Taliban officials say that the rocks that the arrested suspects were trying to smuggle contain up to 30 percent lithium.

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