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More Weapons Found, Seized in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2004 – Coalition forces in Afghanistan have found and seized more weapons, officials said at a news conference today in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Two PMN land mines, fuses and assorted mortar, rifle and tank rounds were found near Ghazni April 13. The ordnance was destroyed in place and the cave in which it was stored was collapsed, officials said. North of Khowst the same day, coalition forces found 680 12.7 mm rounds, a Chinese-type 69-1 rocket-propelled grenade, six Chinese 82 mm mortars, 27 Chinese-type 52 75 mm rounds, a 107 mm Type 63-2 rocket, an Italian TC-6 anti-tank mine and 200 Yugo UTM 68P1 fuses.

U.S. forces recovered weapons April 12 near the 14th Afghan Militia Forces weapons depot. Among the items found were several 57 mm and 76 mm anti-tank guns, two M1938 122 mm guns, a D30 122 mm gun, a BM12 107 mm rocket launcher, a ZPU 14.5 mm anti-aircraft artillery gun and a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.

A ceremony marking the transfer of authority from the 10th Mountain Division to the 25th Infantry Division is scheduled at Bagram Air Field April 15, officials said.

At the news conference, the coalition struck down "erroneous reports" that two unmanned aerial vehicles crashed April 11, a block away from an inauguration ceremony for a new courthouse in Gardez.

"It was a single UAV," a spokesman said. "It landed after the ceremony, and afterwards, controllers disassembled it for transport ease."

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