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U.S. Soldier Injured in Afghanistan; Weapons Caches Found, Destroyed

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2006 – A U.S. soldier was injured after his helicopter experienced a hard landing yesterday in Zabul province, Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported.

The cause of the incident was mechanical failure, officials said.

The injured soldier was evacuated to a nearby U.S. medical facility for treatment. His injury was not reported as serious. U.S. forces are at the scene of the incident providing security as recovery operations are under way.

Also in Afghanistan, Afghan and coalition forces uncovered weapons caches in Paktika and Ghazni provinces April 25.

The caches included a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, 82 mm mortars, mortar fuses, 107 mm rockets, a 122 mm rocket, and machine gun and rifle ammunition.

Coalition explosive ordnance disposal teams destroyed the weapons at forward operating bases in southeastern Afghanistan.

"Recovering and disposing of these weapons increases the safety and security of Afghans," Army Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, a Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman, said. "It also reduces the danger in the area posed by criminals and insurgents who might use those munitions indiscriminately to cause harm to the Afghan people, Afghan security forces, or coalition forces."

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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