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Coalition in Afghanistan Seizes Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2004 – Coalition officials in Afghanistan today provided details on recent weapons seizures and other activities at a press briefing in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

During a cordon-and-search patrol April 7, U.S. forces found a small cache of weapons and munitions south of Khowst. Soldiers confiscated blasting caps, passports, and more than 100 7.62 mm armor-piercing and tracer rounds. Two Afghans were detained and questioned.

On April 8 southeast of Ghazni, coalition soldiers confiscated nearly 30 SA-13 guided missiles, about 400 76 mm M99 anti-tank cannon projectiles and rockets, 11 guided-missile tail sections, more than 50 S-5K-P1 57 mm rockets, more than 20 57 mm projectiles, several 122 mm projectiles, more than 5,000 fuses of various types and several 14.5 and 23 mm weapons components.

Also on April 8, a box of demolitions containing detonators and fuses to 107mm rockets was found at a bakery near the Sarobi district. In Gardez, the local police chief turned in 400 AK-47 assault rifles and several 14.5 and 23 mm anti-aircraft weapon components.

In a compound north of Deh Rawood on April 9, coalition forces found a 107 mm rocket, an anti-tank mine, wire with a battery, and propaganda materials for the Taliban and al Qaeda.

One coalition soldiers and three from the Afghan National Army were injured April 7 when they came under fire while conducting operations northeast of Geresk. The four injured soldiers were treated at Kandahar Air Field, and the coalition solider was then evacuated to a military hospital in Germany, where he is being treated for a back injury and was listed in stable condition.

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