Afghanistan – Afghan Border Patrol Seizes Weapons, Explosives

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2010 – An Afghan border patrol unit confiscated 4 tons of a substance suspected of being ammonium nitrate — the principle ingredient in roadside bombs in Afghanistan — after stopping a truck at a random checkpoint today, military officials reported.

The seizure followed several days of coalition success in confiscating weapons. In other news from Afghanistan:
— A combined Afghan-international patrol found more than 65 rockets in the Garm Ser district of Helmand province yesterday, after receiving a tip from an Afghan civilian.
— A combined patrol in Uruzgan province’s Chorah district found a weapons cache yesterday containing a homemade bomb, a 107 mm rocket, three rocket-propelled grenades, small-arms ammunition and a 107 mm round casing and motor.
— In Paktika province’s Yahya Khel district yesterday, an International Security Assistance Force patrol found a bomb made from five 82 mm mortar rounds.
— In Herat province’s Shindand district yesterday, a combined patrol found nine hand grenades, 600 rounds of small-arms ammunition, an anti-personnel mine, three boxes of launcher charges, 14 fuses and more than 20 pounds of ammonium nitrate.
— A combined force in Kabul province’s Mosahi district yesterday detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban militant.
— Afghan forces found 520 pounds of homemade explosives in Kandahar on May 1.
— Also May 1, an Afghan-international patrol in Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district found four rocket-propelled-grenade boosters, two hand grenades, three fuses, 10 radio antennas, a rifle, bomb-making materials and documents.
— ISAF forces detained several suspected bomb-attack facilitators in Helmand’s Garm Ser district May 1.

No shots were fired and no civilians were harmed during these operations, officials said.

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases