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Afghanistan troops seize bombs haul

Soldiers in Afghanistan have discovered a huge stash of explosives and bomb-making equipment which could be used by insurgents.

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers working with British forces found 50 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in two bomb factories in Helmand province.

The weapons haul, which included 84lb of explosives, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, other bomb-making paraphernalia and drugs, was uncovered during an operation in Nad-e Ali North.

Major Matthew Cansdale, Officer Commanding, 16 Brigade BRF, said: "This is some of the most sophisticated equipment we've seen and we found a large amount of it.

"It appears that these people were highly skilled operatives who no doubt supplied their equipment to people across Helmand.

"Had it been left in the hands of the insurgents, it could have had truly devastating consequences."

He added: "Removing IEDs before they can be laid and denying the insurgents IED-making equipment is key to bringing peace and security to areas like this and the people who live here.

"It is extremely pleasing to know that this operation has reduced the threat to innocent locals and to our fellow soldiers."

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