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IED Injures Afghans; Troops Discover Weapons Cache

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2006 – Two civilians were wounded when terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device in Langhar Village, Afghanistan, May 11. And in other news, coalition forces found a weapons cache in the Paktya province May 9, military officials in Afghanistan reported.

After the IED detonated, coalition forces rushed the two citizens to a local hospital for treatment, but their condition is unknown, officials said. The explosion also damaged a taxi.

Officials said that coalition and Afghan forces continue to combat IED attacks using a three-pronged approach. It includes providing troops on the ground with the best training possible to maintain situational awareness, killing or capturing bomb makers and disrupting or eliminating their networks, and offering troops the best technology available to prevent attacks and reduce their impact.

Coalition forces confiscated the sizeable weapons cache while conducting a combat patrol in the Sayid Karam District of Paktya Province. The patrol discovered mortar rounds and recoilless rifle rounds. Half of the cache was unserviceable and destroyed at the site, officials said. The remaining munitions were turned over to the Afghan National Army.

"Recovering and disposing of these weapons increases the safety and security of Afghans, and reduces 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 Army Lt. Col Paul Fitzpatrick, Combined Joint Task Force - 76 spokesman.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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