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Afghan troops foil insurgents' explosive device in S Afghanistan
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20:07, December 18, 2007

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Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), along with the U.S.-led Coalition forces, neutralized a group of insurgents Monday who were in the process of placing an improvised explosive device (IED) on a road in southern Kandahar province, said a Coalition statement on Tuesday.

Afghan troops immediately responded when it observed a group offive insurgents placing the IED along the roadside near the village of Pada in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar, the statement said.

ANSF called for air support and dropped ordnance on the suspected IED location, it said.

After clearing the area, ANSF continued their reconnaissance patrol and discovered four additional roadside IEDs which were quickly neutralized, it added.

Over 6,000 people have lost their lives in conflicts and Taliban-related insurgency since beginning 2007 in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua

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