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Afghan Weapons Cache Discovered, Deminers Wounded

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2002 – U.S. troops found another weapons cache in Afghanistan, Joint Combined Task Force 180 officials said.

U.S. forces uncovered a weapons cache Aug. 26, local time, near the town of Deh Rawod in eastern Afghanistan. The soldiers found hundreds of recoilless rifle rounds, hundreds of 82 mm mortar rounds, tens of thousands of rounds of machine gun ammunition and the tripods of four anti-aircraft weapons.

In another incident Aug. 26, a special operations forces soldier and a Swiss deminer were wounded near Bamian when a piece of ordnance went off. Both received hand wounds.

The Swiss deminer was treated at Bamian and released. The American was evacuated to the U.S. hospital at Bagram Air Base, near the capital city of Kabul, and is undergoing treatment. CJTF-180 officials said the soldier is expected to regain full use of his hand.

Searches and operations continue in the country, officials said.

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