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Afghan Soldier Kills 5, Wounds 6 Comrades

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2005 – An Afghan National Army soldier fired on fellow soldiers early today inside a coalition fire base in Helmand Province, killing five and wounding six ANA soldiers before being shot and killed by other Afghan soldiers, U.S. military officials in Kabul reported.

The wounded Afghan soldiers are being treated at a U.S. military medical facility at Kandahar. Officials said there's no current information regarding their condition.

Reportedly, the soldier who initiated the shooting was returning from guard duty at the time of the incident. Officials noted that the man's motives for the shooting are unknown. They pointed out that no U.S. or coalition soldiers were wounded during the attack.

In other news, an Afghan citizen turned in a large weapons cache and U.S.-led coalition troops recovered two other large caches of weapons Jan. 25.

The Afghan citizen brought nine 82 mm Chinese mortars, two anti-tank mines, two anti-personnel mines, eight non-electric blasting caps, two electric blasting caps and detonation cord to a coalition base in Helmand province.

The province is also the site where coalition forces recovered a weapons cache consisting of eight recoilless rifle rounds, two rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, 20 boxes of anti-aircraft ammunition, eight grenades and two 82 mm mortar rounds.

The second cache was found in a farmer's wheat field in Kunar province. It contained 20 RPG rounds, two grenades, one RPG anti-tank high-explosive round and two RPG boosters.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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