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    KUNAR, Jun 23 2009: Nice view of the Rashki Hill in Eastern Province of Kunar in a sunny day here on Tuesday. PAJHWOK/Khan Wali SalarzaiSecurity and Crime

    Rebels killed, arms destroyed in Kunar

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan and US forces killed more than 10 insurgents and recovered four weapons caches during recent combat operations in eastern Kunar province, NATO said on Saturday.

    During the four-day offensive, soldiers from 1st Commando Kandak partnered with US special forces and Task Force Bulldog to clear known militants strongholds
    in Tsam, Chenar Now and Matanga villages of Dara-i-Pech district.

    "Upon landing on Oct. 16, the Afghan-led force observed a military-aged male burying a rucksack near a building," the alliance said, adding the first cache was discovered and destroyed after inspection of the compound.

    As the combined force destroyed the arms, they received substantial small-arms fire, which continued over the next three days.

    "On Wednesday, coalition aviation assets engaged a group of armed men maneuvering toward high ground, killing several insurgents with precision-guided munitions," a statement from the ISAF media office said.

    Another three caches were discovered and three suspects detained as the joint force moved through the Shuryak Valley. The detainees are currently being questioned by coalition troops.

    The caches contained three cases of DSHK ammunition, more than 500 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, four hand grenades, loaded AK-47 magazines and detonation cord.  All weapons were destroyed on site.

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