22 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-732

IEDs, other munitions destroyed in Kandahar

KABUL, Afghanistan - Members of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) safely destroyed approximately 550 kg of munitions and other explosives used to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the Tarnak Farms range near Kandahar Air Field Dec. 22.

"In less than two months, we have collected all these munitions through the support of the local population and the Afghan National Police (ANP) here in Kandahar City," explained Lt. Col. Dana Woodworth, Commanding Officer of the KPRT.  "This proves that Kandaharis are showing greater trust in the local security forces, and also demonstrates the increased capabilities of the local police."

"More and more, citizens are calling to warn the police of suspicious activities and behaviour," said General Matiullah Qati, Kandahar's Chief of Police.  "Recently, near the Anolise Girls School, there was a device that was found.  Our police secured the area.  The Canadians then came to help diffuse the device and take away the components for safe destruction."

Afghan National Police and Army personnel have received training from KPRT military and civilian police staff to help them identify possible IEDs as well as basic skills to make them safe.  Cooperation between the ANP and the KPRT has resulted in an increase in the number of IEDs disposed of safely by both ANP and ISAF forces throughout the city. 

Recent statistics show that for every ten IEDs placed in Kandahar City, nine are found and safely dealt with by Afghan National Security Forces or ISAF personnel.  Throughout the province as a whole more than 60 percent of IEDs are found before they can harm innocent Afghans.

"Kandaharis are showing their confidence in their police and coalition forces by reporting possible IEDs.  They are also handing over a significant amount of ammunition and other explosives that could be used in IEDs," continued Woodworth.  "IEDs are arguably the greatest threat to the safety and well-being of the people of Kanadahar, but together with the security forces and local Kandaharis themselves, we can reduce the risk of innocent people being injured or killed."

The ANP and KPRT are proud to be working together to bring an increasingly safe and secure environment to the people of Kandahar, thereby helping Afghans create the conditions for economic growth and development in their region. 

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