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Afghan Citizens Help Coalition Find Weapons, Drug Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2005 – Afghan citizens are helping coalition forces find caches of weapons and drugs, according to U.S. officials in Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

A cache turned into coalition forces by Afghans near Shkin on Jan. 10 consisted of four cans of armor-piercing ammunition, five 82 mm fuse heads, four mine fuses, three hand grenades, two rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, and a 72 mm recoilless rifle round.

Coalition forces near Naray recovered a second cache containing a recoilless rifle and two 82 mm mortars.

Officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul also announced that coalition forces medically evacuated three Afghan citizens after an anti-tank mine exploded near Shindand on Jan. 10.

Four Afghan men were en route to Shindand in a 2-ton "jingle truck," their version of a semi, when the explosion took place, killing the driver. The three passengers were injured and taken to Bagram for medical treatment.

Two patients are listed in guarded condition, while the third remains in stable condition.

On Jan. 9, coalition forces recovered two weapons caches and two drug caches. An Afghan citizen turned in one weapons cache, which contained seven 200-pound bombs of an unknown nomenclature, to the Afghan National Police near Lashkar Gah.

Coalition forces near Jalalabad recovered the second weapons cache. The cache contained two 75 mm rounds, nine 82 mm mortar tubes, three 14.5 mm machine guns, one BM-12 multiple-rocket launcher, two dishka machine guns, two 23 mm machine guns, one RPK machine gun, 2,500 14.5 mm rounds, and 11 82 mm rounds.

Afghan police also led coalition forces to a drug cache Jan. 9 containing 4.5 kilograms of opium and 2.25 kilograms of hashish near Jalalabad.

Local Afghan police confiscated another cache that day of 23 kilos of opium from a local civilian and reported it to coalition forces near Qalat.

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