Latest News:  
Beijing   Overcast/Light rain    14 / 9   City Forecast

Home>>World >> Asia/Oceania

Australia, Afghanistan force seize poppy seed in operation

(Xinhua)

14:48, November 03, 2011

CANBERRA, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Afghanistan National Security Forces supported by Australia's Special Operations Task have seized and destroyed some four tonnes of poppy seed believed to have been hidden in preparation for next year's growing season, Defense Force confirmed on Thursday.

The forces also uncovered 30 kg of processed opium during an operation conducted earlier this week in the Kajaki region of Helmand province.

According to Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Ash Power, destroying this quantity of poppy seed would significantly impact the insurgent-aligned syndicate's ability to plant and harvest a crop in the 2012 growing season.

He said the Afghan and Australian troops came under fire, as they entered the targeted area with shooting continuing for the duration of the mission.

"The ferocity of the insurgent response to the mission is a clear indicator of just how important this cache was to their plans," Lieutenant General Power said in a statement released on Thursday.

No members of the Australia or Afghanistan unit were killed or wounded during the mission, but several insurgents were killed during multiple engagements.

 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
  We Recommend  
 
 
 
     
 
 



Email|Print|Comments(Editor:燕勐)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Images: Shenzhou-8 docking with Tiangong-1

  2. Girl supports impoverished family

  3. Zhang Ziyi attends 6th Int'l Rome Film Festival

  4. Marriage weighs on mind of young men

Most Popular

What's happening in China

Johnson & Johnson's harmful baby shampoo angers buyers

  1. China's A-share market shows signs of rebound
  2. Police arrest monk on multiple murder charges
  3. Algae bud in PKU water
  4. China points to woody plants for food security
  5. Classes suspended at six schools after truck blast

PD Online Data

  1. Tangerines and oranges
  2. Dried persimmon cake
  3. Guangdong candy
  4. Tangyuan
  5. What do Chinese eat during the Spring Festival?