12 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-532

Villagers turn in explosives to PRT


CHAGHCHARAN, Afghanistan – Villagers of Dahane Qutse Sufla, Ghowr province, turned in explosives that they found to soldiers of Provincial Reconstruction Team Chaghcharan.

The explosives included two rocket-propelled grenades, five 82-mm mortar rounds, and one 82-mm, four 30-mm and one 115-mm artillery shells.

“We were coming back after our tasks, when the villagers saw us and stopped us,” said Warrant Officer Arturas Traskovskis, PRT Chaghcharan explosive ordnance disposal commander. “This was the first time people have stopped us and turned in explosives, because they were afraid of what could happen if children found them and started playing with them.”

The villagers showed the PRT soldiers where all the explosives were located.

EOD personnel destroyed some of the explosives in place.  Others they took out of the village and destroyed them the next day, July 8. 

They also destroyed 26 anti-tank mines the police in Passabanda, Ghowr province, turned in to soldiers.

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