Estonian, British Soldiers Find IED Factory in Afghanistan
28 March (BNS)
Last weekend British and Estonian soldiers discovered a factory of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province.
A reconnaissance unit of the Helmand Grouping was carrying out a mission in the area of responsibility of Estcoy-11, in the course of which the first signs referring to the existence of IEDs in the area were discovered, the Defence Forces headquarters said. The three-strong ordnance clearing team, IEDDT-3, of the Estonian Defence Forces found from a clay building a large amount of different materials that are used to build improvised explosive devices as well as kilograms of drugs. Among other things were two explosive devices containing a total of 30 kilograms of ammunition ready for installation.
"On the basis of the find it is difficult to say how many anti-government fighters were busy building explosive devices there," head of the ordnance clearing team said. "At any rate quite a few attacks will not take place, as a result of which both local residents and soldiers could have been injured or even killed.”
The factory of improvised explosive devices was discovered at the distance of one kilometre from the Wahid patrol base that is used by soldiers of the Estonian, UK and Afghanistan Defence Forces. It was the duty of the Estonians to map, collect and destroy the materials found.
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