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American Forces Press Service

Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Weapons, Detain Enemy Fighters

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2005 Afghan and coalition forces discovered four weapons caches during combat operations this week, one of which was found southwest of Orgun-E in Paktika province after a brief firefight with enemy combatants Aug. 1, military officials in Kabul reported today.

During the fighting, Afghan National Police wounded one enemy combatant and detained two others.

According to military reports, enemy combatants fired on Afghan forces and fled into a nearby compound. Afghan National Police officers returned fire, wounding one of the attackers.

The wounded individual was taken to Kandahar Air Base for treatment and questioning. Afghan police then searched the compound and discovered material used for making improvised explosive devices, hand grenades, numerous parts of rocket-propelled grenades, and thousands of rounds of machine gun and AK-47 ammunition. The weapons were transported to a nearby base for destruction.

Military officials reported three more weapons caches were discovered by coalition forces in southern and eastern Afghanistan Aug. 2. The first was discovered near Bamian and consisted of 60 rocket-propelled grenades, 17 anti-tank missiles, and 600 rounds of anti-aircraft-gun ammunition.

Another cache found near Kabul contained 20 hand grenades, an anti-personnel mine, a mortar round, and materials to make improvised explosive devices. Explosive ordnance disposal personnel at the scene destroyed the contents of the cache.

A third cache near Kandahar consisted of a large amount of fertilizer, which can be used to make bombs, and plastic explosives.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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