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Weapons Caches Found in Afghanistan; Two Suspects Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2007 – Coalition forces found three weapons caches today and detained two suspected terrorists in operations around Afghanistan over the past three days.

A villager informed coalition troops about a nearby weapons cache location in Khost province this morning. Explosive ordnance personnel destroyed the cache, consisting of two rockets with triggering devices.

A coalition patrol was searching a known enemy firing location when it found three rockets with a booster mechanism around noon in the Perch district of Konar province today.

Coalition forces discovered the third and larger cache about one hour later in Zabul province. The cache contained one 60 mm mortar round, one 107 mm rocket, 11 cases of anti-aircraft artillery rounds, and 20 cases of heavy machine gun rounds. The mortar and rocket were detonated in place, and the rounds were secured.

An improvised explosive device detonated, injuring three Afghan construction workers yesterday in southern Nuristan near the border of Laghman province. “This is another example of how the Taliban work to purposely injure local hard-working Afghan citizens who choose a better way of life by supporting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and ISAF to make their province a better place to live in,” Army Maj. Eric Zenk, a Task Force Spartan spokesman, said.

The three Afghan workers were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for their wounds.

During an operation Feb. 14 near Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province, Afghan and coalition forces captured two suspected terrorists with ties to suicide attacks and heroin production. At least one suspect is believed to have ties to reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar and has been involved in anti-government and anti-coalition activities in southern and eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.

(Compiled from Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan news releases.)

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