Kiwis Destroy Fifth Afghanistan Weapons Cache
13 January 2005
Kiwis Destroy Fifth
Afghanistan Weapons Cache
The New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZ PRT) working in Afghanistan has discovered and destroyed a fifth cache of weapons, including rockets, mortar rounds and anti tank mines.
The munitions cache was cleared North-west of Dashte Safed in the Kahmard Valley of the Bamyan province. The PRT was initially given information about the cache in November, however their search was unsuccessful due to it being buried underground.
After receiving information, and with the help of local workers, Kiwi Team Two lead by New Zealand Army Major Mark Taylor, dug into a hillside to find and remove the buried munitions which were in two caverns, each approximately 3 metres high by 10 metres long. Three trucks were required to transport the cache to the NZPRT, where it was sorted and disposed of by Navy Munitions Technician, Warrant Officer Brian Kino.
The cache is the fifth the NZPRT has lifted in the last five months, and its removal, says Captain Mike Shepherd, is " just one more step towards making Bamyan a safer and more secure province - for both New Zealand forces working in the region, and the local people.
Removing the cache from a feared and powerful local leader not only makes the province a safer place, but it also sends a good message to the people that we will act on information that they give us."