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Hundreds of kilograms of munitions recovered

Hundreds of kilograms of munitions recovered

Jun 21, 2011 - 18:11

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Police have confiscated one and half tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a compound commonly used in improvised explosive devices, from a hiding place on the outskirts of Kabul.

Meanwhile, hundreds of kilograms of explosives and ammunition have been recovered across Afghanistaninfo-icon, officials said on Tuesday.

Over 200 bags of the bomb-making material were discovered based on a tip from locals in the Kamari area of Bagrami district of Kabul, Col. Mohammad Zahir, a police officer in Kabul’s 101st zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said that while police had opened an investigation, no one has yet been detained in connection with the discovery.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry media office announced in a statement delivered to Pajhwok Afghan News that 190 kilograms of explosives, 13 different kinds of mines, eight Kalashnikovs, one heavy machine gun, one missile shell, two RPG shells, and one artillery shell have also been seized across Afghanistan, in Kabul, Kapisa, Baghlan, Kunduz, Faryab, Nimroz, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Paktika, and Farah.

Two people have been detained and remain under supervision in connection with this discovery.

A further hundred or more kilograms of explosives and ammunition were recovered and diffused in the northern provinces of Parwan and Samangan, officials said on Tuesday. In Parwan, the explosives had been stored under a bridge in the Jada-i-Ghurband area. Some of the ammunition was surrendered to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) program, an official said.

DIAG program director Col. Abdul Alim, the (DIAG) program director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the explosives were diffused in a safe area far from the DIAG office, and that the operation did not disrupt residents’ commutes.

A provincial security official said on the condition of anonymity that two Kalashnikovs, one Pistol, four RPG, two artillery shell, 22 hand grenade, 103 mortar shills, 25 anti-personal mines and many more has been recovered in the province over the past week.

The National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) media office issued a statement about the discovery of another cache of weapons in northern Samangan province. The discovery included four heavy machine guns, one piece of artillery, one RPG, one BM1 rocket, three Kalashnikovs, three mines and hundreds of the different kinds of explosives and weapons.



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