News: 1188 pounds of HME destroyed in Qalat district, Zabul province
FOB MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan – Afghan National Police Officers stationed in Shinkai district, Zabul province, Afghan National Army soldiers of the 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade 205th Corps and U.S. soldiers of Task Force 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment destroyed an explosives factory and two caches totaling 1188 pounds of HME, one suicide vest, one 82 mm mortar round, one metal pressure plate, seven yellow jugs of white residue and assorted bomb-making materials, May 31, in the Qalat district of Zabul province.
On May 29 Task Force Diamond Head reported seeing approximately 200 pounds of HME drying on the roof of a building in Qalat district to Task Force 1-14 Cavalry. Afghan National Security Forces and Task Force 1-14 soldiers were sent to investigate.
Upon arrival they discovered over 220 pounds of HME and aluminum in the building and various components that could be used to manufacture improvised explosive devices. They decided to request an explosives ordinance disposal unit to help continue site exploitation the following morning.
On the morning of May 30 the partnered units found seven jugs with white powder residue, 10 batteries, 10 battery casings and one metal pressure plate. The security forces continued to search the surrounding area and found two caches in large holes in the ground. The first cache consisted of three 100 pound bags of ammonium nitrate and aluminum HME, one 82 mm mortar round and one suicide vest. EOD had to reduce several booby-traps before exploiting the second cache which had 200 pounds of HME. The security forces cordoned off the area and waited till the next morning for the destruction of the explosives.
On May 31 the 4th KDK Commander, the Zabul Provincial Governor, the 2/205th ANA Brigade Commander and the 3-2 SBCT Brigade Commander agreed to call in an air-strike to destroy the HME factory and all associated explosives.
Date Posted:06.05.2012 06:28
Location:FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, AF
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