Three Afghan civilians, including one child, were killed and four wounded in an improvised explosive attack in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, Jan. 20.
Afghan National Police responded to the scene of the blast to evacuate the wounded to Mirwais hospital and look into the incident.
“Another unacceptable act of terror against Afghans that shows the inhumanity of the insurgents,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director.
Also today, Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF discovered several caches during separate clearing operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan.
In Helmand, Kandahar and Logar provinces, Afghan National Security and ISAF patrols discovered several large weapons, IED-making components and narcotics caches in Sangin, Nad’Ali, Arghandab and Pul-e’Alam districts. The caches consisted of 1,600 7.62 mm rounds, three 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, eight rocket-propelled grenades, 16 RPG boosters, one RPG launcher, 10 fragmentation grenades, one 82 mm mortar round, one mortar tube, three mortar rounds, eight unknown grenades and one 107 mm rocket.
The IED-making components consisted of one vehicle operated IED, 24 pressure plates, two radio remote controllers, detonation cord, radio components, 24 blasting caps, 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of homemade explosive, 44 pounds (20 kg) of ammonium nitrate and 11 pounds (5 kg) of explosives.
The caches also contained a large quantity of drugs including 110 pounds (50 kg) of opium.
Initial reports indicate no civilians were injured and no damage was reported during the clearing operations. The weapons, IED making components and drugs from all the provinces were confiscated and will be destroyed.
Article by ISAF Joint Command