04 May. 2008

PR# 2008-179

ISAF EOD teams
safely dispose ordnance in Qala-e Naw

An ISAF specialised explosive ordnances disposal (EOD) team disposes projectiles from an old soviet ammunition depot near the Qala-e Naw airport recently. The team conducted three controlled explosions to safely dispose of 13 anti-personnel mines and about 680 kilograms of explosives.

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams disposed of approximately 2,500 projectiles such as artillery shells, mortar projectiles and cartridges from an old Soviet ammunition depot near the Qala-e Naw local airport recently.

The specialised team conducted three controlled explosions to safely dispose of 13 anti-personnel mines and about 680 kilograms of explosives to clear the nearly 46-hectare area that will become the building site for new Afghan National Army troops’ barracks.

Two tons of scrap iron and 14 Soviet armoured wrecks were also removed.

Since January 2008, ISAF EOD teams in western Afghanistan have destroyed huge quantities of ordnance, including hand and rifle grenades, shoulder-fired rockets, sub munitions, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, mortar projectiles and propelled cartridges.

The disposal of such hazardous ordnance lowers potential risks to the population and is just one way ISAF can help ensure security to assist in provincial development.

Local nationals are also encouraged to report illegally-kept weapons and explosives to Afghan National Security Forces.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/