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Coalition Forces Recover Weapons Caches in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2005 – Coalition forces recovered four weapons caches in Afghanistan Feb. 27, according to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials.

The first weapons cache was located in Khost province and contained four "pineapple grenades" and one Russian hand grenade.

The second weapons cache was turned in to coalition forces in Paktika province. It contained three anti-tank grenade launchers, a machine gun, two AK-47 rifles, 25 boxes of 14.5 mm ammunition, 15 boxes of 12.7 mm ammunition, nine rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two RPG rounds, six 82 mm mortar rounds, and 11 boxes of 23.5 mm armor-piercing rounds.

Coalition forces found the third weapons cache, containing two anti-personnel mines and two anti-tank mines, in Uruzgan province.

Local Afghan citizens in Kunar province turned the fourth weapons cache in to coalition forces. This cache contained 22 RPG-7s, 12 recoilless-rifle rounds, five mortars, 13 60 mm mortar rounds, 15 mortar fuses, and 560 12.7 mm ball rounds.

Coalition forces have secured all the weapons caches, officials said.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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