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Afghan Police Discover IED; Coalition Finds Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2006 – Afghan National Police found an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Khowst province May 6, and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache and detained terror suspects in Kunar province the same day, military officials reported.

The police discovered the IED in the middle of a main road in the Matun Valley near Paturri Village. The Afghan police secured the site, and a coalition explosive ordnance disposal team responded to the scene to secure the bomb. The team rendered the device harmless and destroyed it in place.

In other news, a coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache in the Asadabad district of Kunar province.

Soldiers from Task Force Chosin, operating as part of Operation Mountain Lion, found AK-47 rifles, bolt-action rifles and a Russian machine gun. The patrol detained three local men at the site for questioning.

The unit continued its search of the area and discovered 7.62 mm rounds, grenades, grenade fuses, rocket-propelled grenade rounds, Enfield rifles and other miscellaneous items. An explosive ordnance disposal team secured the cache for disposal.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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