UK troops destroy huge cache of Taliban explosives: Report

Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 20:47

London: British troops have found and destroyed a monster cache of Taliban explosives, enough to blast off "30 pairs of legs" in Afghanistan.

The quarter-tonne haul of explosives along with pressure plates to turn it into lethal booby-trap bombs, was found by troops from A Squadron, The Light Dragoons, Brigade Reconnaissance Force.

They chanced on it hidden in a ditch - or wadi - in the Taliban`s backyard of Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, The Sun reported today.

Squadron Sergeant Major Brian Howard, said: "The bomb disposal guys said we had probably saved 60 limbs, or 30 pairs of legs".

He told how they moved in under cover after spotting a blue tarpaulin in the wadi.
British bomb disposal experts blew the haul sky high.

Trooper Jamie McCartney, who uncovered the stash, said: "Finding this stuff has had a huge impact on the enemy`s ability to strike us and the local people.

"It`s a job well done. Each bit we do helps us to get on top," he said.

A total of 14 British troops have been killed in the past three years in Afghanistan. British troops are part of the Nato-led international force in the war-torn country.


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First Published: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 20:05

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