From the event

26 Feb. 2009
PR# 2009-195

Deadly explosives exposed

KABUL, Afghanistan - Members of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) safely destroyed approximately 1,600 pounds of munitions and other explosives used to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at a range near Kandahar Air Field earlier this week. Most of these munitions were found in or near Kandahar city.

"Kandaharis are increasingly playing a role in security of their region. Safe destruction of these IEDs by professionals is another success for the security of the city because in such incidents the victims are always civilians,” said the Governor of Kandahar Province, Tooryalai Wesa.

"In the last 2 months, through the support of Kandaharis and the Afghan National Police (ANP), we have taken these munitions off the streets of Kandahar," explained Lieutenant-Colonel Carl Turenne, Commanding Officer of the KPRT. "This safe destruction of IEDs is a demonstration of the greater trust that Kandaharis are placing in the local security forces, and underlines the importance of cooperation with the local police."

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 render 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 International Security Assistance 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.

"By reporting possible IEDs, Kandaharis are removing possibly the greatest threat to the safety and security of their families. At the same time, this cooperation showcases the important and growing relationship Kandaharis have with their local police and coalition forces,” said Brigadier General Matiullah Khan, Kandahar Chief of Police. “By working together, we can all help to reduce the risk of innocent civilians being injured or killed,” he said.

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. 

Kandaharis who witness suspicious behaviour or activities are encouraged to contact their local police or to call the hotline at 0700377591.

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