20 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-551

Panjshir PRT, Afghan police discover weapons

PANJSHIR, Afghanistan – The Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team discovered a munitions cache near a building damaged by recent flooding. A squad of Afghan National Police subsequently responded July 18 in Dara district to secure the ordnance.

The cache, which consisted of 60mm and 82mm mortar rounds, was discovered during a site evaluation for proposed development of a women’s clinic in an area recently devastated by severe flash flooding. 

“The weapons were reported to authorities by our partners in the PRT,” said Haji Bahlol, governor of Panjshir.  “The Afghan police immediately responded to ensure safety and security for everyone.”

The PRT commander said his command is there to help Afghans.

“Whether it’s rebuilding from a flood or advising on security the PRT is a partner with the local and national officials,” said Lt. Col. Chris Luedtke, Panjshir PRT commander.

Provincial ANP Chief Waliullah and the governor decided to have the weapons secured by ANP until United Nations Development Program officials could further evaluate the site and remove the unexploded ordnance.

The recent flooding in the Panjshir Valley was the worst in more than 100 years, according to village elders.  The PRT continues support for ongoing flood response operations in the province, said ISAF officials. 

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