Weapons cache destroyed in Badakhshan.
Afghan and foreign forces have destroyed a large weapons cache in a
remote village of northern Badakhshan province, the International
Security Assistance Force said on Friday. The cache contained 78 107mm
rockets with launchers, 47 82mm mortar rounds, more than 1,100 rounds of
30mm ammunition, 8,000 rounds of 7.62 machine-gun ammunition, 24
rocket-propelled grenades, 60 fuses and anti-aircraft artillery parts.
Pack-animals supplied by villagers were used to move the cache to a safe
location before being destroyed on Wednesday, the NATO-led force said in
a statement. Soldiers from 1st Company, 5th Commando Kandak, partnering
with Drug Enforcement Agency agents, the Afghan National Interdiction
Unit and US Special Forces, discovered the cache in Nawaki -- a likely
safe haven for drug and weapon smugglers and an infiltration route for
foreign fighters. The force established security around the cache site
to protect locals and then held a shura with village elders to discuss
any concerns they had, the NATO statement added.
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