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Afghan Citizen's Tip Leads to Weapons Cache

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2006 – Afghan National Army and coalition forces confiscated a sizeable weapons cache in the Orgun District of Paktika Province yesterday after receiving a tip from an Afghan citizen, officials in Afghanistan reported today.

A joint ANA and coalition patrol dispatched to the site and found the cache, which included 164 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, a large sack of heavy-machine-gun ammunition and a large number of RPG boosters. An explosive ordnance disposal team at the site inspected the munitions and turned them over to the ANA.

"The Afghan who reported these dangerous munitions increased the safety and security of fellow Afghans, and reduced the danger in the area posed by criminals who might use those munitions indiscriminately to cause harm on the Afghan people, Afghan Security Forces or Coalition forces," said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force - 76 spokesman.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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