KABUL, April 27, 2010 — The discovery of six roadside bombs, including one that insurgents were in the process of planting, highlighted operations in Afghanistan yesterday and today, military officials reported.
In Kandahar province’s Arghandab district this morning, an International Security Assistance Force patrol found a roadside bomb near a school. It detonated when an explosive ordnance disposal team was attempting to disarm it, but no one was hurt.
An Afghan patrol found a roadside bomb made from two anti-tank mines in Helmand province’s Beshud district yesterday. An EOD team destroyed it.
In Zabul province’s Qalat district yesterday, a combined Afghan-international patrol found three remote-controlled roadside bombs. Afghan police detained five people for questioning, and an EOD team destroyed the devices.
A combined Afghan-international security force saw two insurgents planting a roadside bomb in Khost province’s Sabari district yesterday. The patrol captured one of the men and destroyed the bomb.
In other news from Afghanistan, a combined patrol in Helmand’s Musa Qalah district received information from local Afghans about possible insurgent activity in a compound in the area. ISAF forces cordoned off the compound while Afghan police went inside to investigate. As police officers entered the compound, an Afghan civilian told them that an Afghan man was in the next room dressed in a burka. He was found to have 25 rounds of small-arms ammunition and was detained.
Elsewhere, a combined patrol in Helmand’s Now Zad district found five 60 mm recoilless rifle warheads inside a cave yesterday, and another combined patrol in the province’s Nad-e Ali district found a cache containing two rocket-propelled grenades.
No Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations, officials said.
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