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Insurgents killed; weapons seized

Insurgents killed; weapons seized

Feb 20, 2011 - 12:17

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Numerous militants were killed and more than 16,000 rounds of ammunition confiscated by Afghan and foreign troops in the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said on Sunday.

Joint patrols operating in the south found 16,500 rounds and other weapons while conducting operations in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, the NATOinfo-icon-led force said in a statement.

Foreign troops heard numerous insurgents talking on radios in Sangin district of Helmand province. The coalition troops engaged the rebels, killing several of them.

Later, the troops observed more fighters positioning in the area with weapons. "After positive identification, coalition forces continued firing on the various insurgent positions, resulting in several more insurgents being killed."

Elsewhere in Helmand, ISAF soldiers conducted an operation in Nad Ali district, recovering 10,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 16 rocket-propelled grenade boosters, 14 RPG rounds, 13 fake Afghan police identification cards, five AK-47s and an RPG launcher.

In Marja district, the statement added, an ISAF patrol found a buried weapons cache that consisted of 2,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, a pistol and a pistol magazine.

A weapons cache that included 2,500 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 10 grenade bodies and 11 AK-47 magazines was seized in Zherai district of Kandahar.

A separate combined patrol found 2,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, two AK-47s with 50 empty magazines, three rocket-propelled grenade rounds, 328 feet of detonation cord, 300 AA batteries and other various electronic components in the Panjwai district of the same province.


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