During a search of the ruins of a compound, the combined force discovered an explosives cache comprising of 30 containers each holding 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of ammonium nitrate. In addition the forces discovered 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of aluminum powder and several barrels of fuel.
Ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder are both key ingredients in the production of home-made explosives.
No shots were fired and no civilians were harmed during the operation. All explosive materials were destroyed on site.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, conducted an operation to detain a Taliban leader who was responsible for Tuesday’s “green-on-blue” attack in Zharay district, Kandahar province, Thursday. The security force detained two suspected insurgents during this operation.
In Sharan district, Paktika province an Afghan and coalition security force apprehended a Haqqani weapons facilitator, Thursday. The detained Haqqani facilitator was responsible for supplying weapons for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region. The weapons facilitator directed the insurgents under his command to use ambush-style tactics and recently conducted an improvised explosive device attack against coalition and Afghan troops. The security force detained one suspected insurgent as a result of this operation.
An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in Sabari district, Khost province Thursday, to detain a Haqqani leader behind Wednesday’s deadly suicide bombing in Khost City. He leads a cell of insurgents and is connected to the suicide attack that killed more than a dozen Afghan civilians. The security force detained four suspected insurgents as a result of this operation.
An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, conducted an operation to detain a Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province, Thursday. The leader plans and coordinates attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region, as well as providing IEDs to insurgents. The security force detained five suspected insurgents as a result of this operation.
In Charkh district, Logar province an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to detain a Taliban leader, Thursday. The leader directs attacks throughout the region, specializing in attacks using mortars and IEDs.
An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to detain a Taliban explosives specialist in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Thursday. The specialist is responsible for the acquisition, transport and production of IEDs for use in attacks throughout the region.
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