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Afghan forces seize large cache of explosives in Helmand raid

Afghanistan's special forces seized a large cache of explosives and military equipment following a firefight with Taliban in southern Helmand province, NATO mission in the country said Wednesday.
Afghan forces seize large cache of explosives in Helmand raid

AVA- The raid happened against so-called Taliban Red Unit in Faizullah Khan area, Sangin district on Monday. It resulted in seizure of more than 500 kg of raw explosive materials, 50 explosive device initiators, 220 pressure plates, 15 rockets, 22 grenades, and significant amounts of military equipment.

“The enemy is not safe anywhere in Helmand,” General John Nicholson, the commander of Resolute Support said. “We will come after them in everywhere in Helmand to help the people of Helmand expand their security, and try to return their livers to normal. We are here until the job is done.”

Taliban’s Red Unit is said to be heavily armed and disciplined with modern weapons.

This is second significant raid by 7th Special Operation Kandak Commandos against a Red Unit this year. On January 1, the commandos liberated five Afghans from a prison in Nahr-e-Saraj district. The raid also resulted in the destruction of over 1,000 kg of hashish, denying $3.4 million of illegal drug trafficking revenues to insurgents.

Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Thursday 18 January 2018 11:43
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