Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tributes to Afghan blast policeman (+video)

Tributes are being paid to an Afghan policeman who died in a joint operation to recover nearly a tonne of explosives, found in Helmand Province.

Around 280 British troops and 550 Afghan soldiers joined forces in the operation, which has been called "Winter Success".

In a separate find, 64 pressure plates, six bags of explosives, fourteen remote detonation controllers and other bomb components were found.
The troops gathered all of the explosive material together to be destroyed in a huge controlled blast in the Dashte, desert area.

a video from British Forces News:

One Afghan policeman was killed by an IED during the operation, which also saw insurgents cleared from an area in Nad-e Ali district, before new security checkpoints were put in place.
Afghan soldiers were mentored throughout by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
"The policeman who died will be remembered as a very brave man. We have named one of the new police checkpoints in his honour," said Captain Haji Omar Jan, district chief of police for Nad-e Ali.
"This operation has provided security for the people of Nad-e Ali. Through our combined efforts we will provide a safe place for the people of Nad-e Ali to live.
"The removal of such a large amount of IEDs will keep our police, soldiers and civilians safer and more confident to go about their business. I am very thankful for the support from the Afghan National Army and ISAF on this successful operation and I hope to continue to operate in this way in the future."

a video from The Telegraph:

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