Afghan Police, Coalition Forces Find Weapons Caches, IEDs
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2005 Afghan and coalition forces collected a number of weapons caches and disarmed several improvised explosive devices Sept. 6 across the southern and eastern parts of Afghanistan, military officials reported.
Afghan National Police, supported by a quick reaction force from coalition forces, discovered two caches in the Kandahar bazaar.
The first cache was reported to the Afghan police as a suspected IED. After police investigated a tip from an Afghan citizen, the suspected IED turned out to be a weapons cache. The Afghan police recovered the cache from a pit inside a metal shop that included 13 artillery shells, 22 hand grenades, 14 rocket-propelled grenades, and 55 pounds of explosives and associated material. The second cache was found in a cart inside the same metal shop and included two 107 mm rockets, three artillery shells, 14 artillery fuses, and five rolls of detonation cord.
Both caches were moved to the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team compound, where the serviceable items will be given to the Afghan police for their use. The remaining items will be destroyed at a later date.
Forces from the Afghan National Army and Afghan police, supported by U.S. soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, found another cache while conducting offensive operations in Qalat. The soldiers came across a tent housing two men and a small cache, consisting of two AK-47 rifles, 10 ammunition magazines, 300 rounds, two hand grenades, a roll of detonation cord, a radio, and a transmitter. The men were detained and taken to a coalition forces forward operating base near Qalat for questioning.
Afghan and coalition forces collected 42 caches in August and more than 360 since March. More than 110 IEDs have been discovered since March, with more than 20 of those being turned in by Afghan citizens.
In another incident Sept. 6, an IED prematurely detonated in front of a coalition forces convoy near Kandahar Airfield on Highway 1. There were no injuries or damage to equipment.
In eastern Afghanistan, soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), discovered an IED near a coalition forces forward operating base in the Paktika province. Soldiers were able to destroy the IED and continue on with their mission.
With the aid of AH-64 Apache helicopters providing air support, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, soldiers detained one person in Salerno after he ran from a command-detonated IED strike. The IED detonated under the front end of the trail vehicle in a coalition forces convoy near a forward operating base. The individual is being held at a holding facility in Salerno. There were no injuries or damage to equipment.
(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)