Several insurgents were killed and numerous others were detained by Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces during separate clearing and security operations in southern Afghanistan over the past 24 hours.
In Helmand province, several insurgents tried to enter an ISAF observation post in Sangin district. After verbal warnings and gaining positive identification, coalition forces engaged the enemy position, killing one insurgent.
In the same province, during two separate clearing operations, Afghan National Army and ISAF patrols were engaged by insurgents with small arms fire in Marjeh and Nahr-e Saraj districts. After establishing positive identification, coalition forces returned fire and called for air support. The air weapons team supporting ground forces engaged the enemy positions, killing several insurgents and dispersing the others.
Also Jan. 24, Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF discovered several caches in southern and eastern Afghanistan.
In Helmand, Parwan and Kandahar provinces, Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF patrols found two weapon caches in Bagram, Marjeh, Kandahar and Arghandab districts. The caches consisted of one gun, 1,000 7.62 mm rounds, 100 12.7 mm rounds, one 82 mm mortar round, three hand grenades, one artillery grenade, two rocket-propelled grenades, four Chinese rockets, one mine, homemade explosives, one radio and four Afghan National Police uniforms. Combined forces also detained several suspected insurgents found in possession of weapons and uniforms.
In Kandahar province, an Afghan National Police patrol discovered a large weapons and improvised explosive device-making components cache in Kandahar district.
The cache consisted of 2,910 pounds (1,320 kilograms) of explosives, 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate, 2,600 feet (800 meters) of detonation cord, three chest racks, one suicide belt, 70 remote control units with circuit boards, 36 grenades, one van, three motorcycles and one station wagon. Afghan National Police also detained numerous suspected insurgents related to the cache.
Initial reports indicate no civilians were injured and no damage was reported during the clearing operations. The weapons, IED making components and chemicals from all the provinces were confiscated and will be destroyed.
Article by ISAF Joint Command