Two arms depots found in Kandahar
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Intelligence operatives and border police found two arms depots in southern Kandahar province, officials said on Sunday.
The first arms dump was uncovered in the Spin Boldak border town by National Directorate of Security (NDS) staff and the second by border police in the Arghistan district.
The weapons seized by intelligence operatives belonged to the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based Afghan militant group, said Gen. Mohammad Naeem, NDS chief for Kandahar. The arms were shown to journalists in Kandahar City.
He said the weapons, including 700 boxes of Russian bullets, machine guns, rifles, AK-47 rounds, rocket shells and some MM-82 artillery shells, were seized this week.
"Terrorists wanted to use the arms and ammunitions to destabilise security in Kandahar," Gen. Naeem said.
The second depot was discovered with the help of locals during a search operation in the Bala Zerhi area of Arghistan district on Saturday, said border police commander, Gen. Abdul Raziq, said the depot was found.
Meanwhile, two insurgents were killed and four others detained during separate incidents in the province. One militant was killed and another held during a clash with police in the ninth police district of Kandahar City, the NDS head said.
A man was arrested for intending to kill an intelligence official, he added. The detainee is currently under interrogation.
On Saturday, a joint Afghan-international security force killed a militant and detained two others during a search operation in Khakrez district. Six AK-47s were recovered during the operation, the governor's office said in a statement.
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