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Force Detains Suspects, Seizes Weapons in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Feb. 5, 2010 – A combined Afghan and international security force detained several suspected insurgents and seized weapons and opium in recent operations, military officials reported.

A combined force searched a compound south of the village of Bangluk in Kabul province’s Kalakan district last night after intelligence indicated militant activity there. The force detained “a few” suspected insurgents, officials said.

Meanwhile, a combined security force arrested several suspected insurgents and confiscated a weapons cache yesterday in Kabul’s Paghman district. The cache contained 18 hand grenades, three AK-47 assault rifles, a pistol and ammunition.

Elsewhere, an International Security Assistance Force patrol detained “a few” individuals in a known Taliban compound yesterday in Helmand province’s Nad-e-Ali district, officials said. The individuals tested positive for explosives residue and had bomb-making materials and more than 20 pounds of opium in their possession. They were turned over to Afghan security forces.

In Kabul’s Bagrami district, Afghan forces discovered 68 82 mm mortar rounds Feb. 1.

No shots were fired and no Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations, officials said.

(From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news release.)

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