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Afghan bomb disposal expert defuses suicide bomber’s vest

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An Afghan bomb technician in a protective suit approaches a suicide bomber. (Parwiz/Reuters)

An Afghan bomb technician in a protective suit approaches a suicide bomber. (Parwiz/Reuters)

An Afghan bomb disposal expert defused a would-be suicide bomber's explosives-laden vest in Jalalabad on Sunday.

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A suicide bomber lies on the ground, his hands tied behind his back, after a bomb expert defused his explosive vest. (Parwiz/Reuters)

A suicide bomber lies on the ground, his hands tied behind his back, after a bomb expert defused his explosive …

Afghan security forces captured the bomber before he was able to blow himself up. They then tied him up to prevent him from detonating the bomb attached to his chest.

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Afghan soldiers watch over a suicide bomber in Jalalabad on Sunday. Grenades and a gun are in the foreground, out of the bomber's reach. (Parwiz/Reute...

Afghan soldiers watch over a suicide bomber in Jalalabad on Sunday. Grenades and a gun are in the foreground, out …

Before the suicide bomber could be interrogated, a bomb disposal expert had to approach him and defuse the vest in a scene eerily reminiscent of Academy Award-winning film "The Hurt Locker."

After the bomb was defused, the alleged suicide bomber was loaded into the back of a pickup truck and taken in to custody for questioning.

Last month, nine children and two soldiers with NATO's International Security Assistance Force were killed in a suicide bombing near Kabul, Afghanistan.

In a separate incident last month, a suicide bomber's vehicle exploded in front of the Supreme Court in Kabul, killing 17 people and injuring dozens of others.

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