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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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Publication:Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Date:Aug 27, 2010
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