An Afghan and coalition security force discovered a major explosives cache in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province, yesterday. The cache included mortar rounds, two improvised explosive devices, bomb-making equipment, and 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) of ammonium nitrate, a compound insurgents use to produce homemade explosive.
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader during an operation in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, today. The Taliban leader distributed weapons and explosives to Taliban fighters. He is also suspected of being involved in planning the assassination of an Afghan government official in Kandahar. During the operation, the security force also detained two additional suspected insurgents.