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.
First Published: Sunday, August 05, 2012, 20:05