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Coalition Soldiers Wounded, Cache Found in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2004 – Eight coalition soldiers were wounded today in two separate incidents in Zabul province, according to a release from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.

In the first incident, five coalition soldiers were injured when about 10 insurgents attacked their 10-vehicle convoy with rocket-propelled grenades about 34 kilometers east of Deh Chopan. The soldiers forced the enemy to break contact with small-arms fire.

The injured servicemembers received shrapnel wounds when an RPG struck their Humvee, causing extensive damage. Three soldiers were treated and returned to duty, noted the release. The other two were in stable condition at Kandahar Air Field's hospital, awaiting transportation to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

In the second incident, three coalition soldiers were injured when a suspected improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee about 62 kilometers north of Qalat. All three returned to duty after treatment.

In other news, coalition soldiers on patrol north of Tarin Kowt found a large weapons cache Aug. 5, stated another command release.

Among the items found were one 107 mm rocket, a dozen 107 mm mobile rocket pods, various land mines, AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, 82 mm mortar rounds and 12.7 mm ammunition. The release noted explosive ordnance detachment soldiers were dispatched to dispose of the cache.

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