Commandos capture three insurgents and find large weapons caches
November 6, 2011
NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- The 1st Afghan National Army Commando Kandak, partnered with coalition Special Operations Forces, captured three insurgents and found two large weapons caches during a clearing operation in Lal'Pur district, Nov. 4.
The clearing operation was conducted to disrupt the insurgents' freedom of movement and their influence over the local population.
During the operation, five insurgents were killed. Three insurgents taken into custody have been identified as Pakistani Taliban members. The detainees are currently being held by Afghan forces for further questioning.
The two large weapons caches contained significant amounts of weaponry and ammunition, to include 61 grenades, 17 AK-47s, 18 81 mm mortar rounds, 6 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, five 30 mm anti-aircraft rounds, two RPG launchers and one mortar bipod mount.
The caches also contained large amounts of improvised explosive device making materials including potassium chloride ammonium nitrate, detonation chord, mortar fuses and IED timers.
One cache, which was located inside a mosque, was moved to a secure location and destroyed while the other cache was reduced in place.
No civilian injuries or collateral damage to the local village was reported.