JALALABAD, Afghanistan – Acting on an intelligence tip, Afghan government found a giant cache of weapons including mortars, missiles and anti-tank land mines in an abandoned compound in the eastern Nangarhar region, a police official said Wednesday.
No arrests were made, but police hauled away enough weapons to fill four pickup trucks with weapons, said Ajab Shah, the police chief of Nangarhar province.
Mortars, AK-41 anti-tank land mines, BM-12 Chinese-made missiles and munition rounds were found when troops searched the compound in Bander district, some 45 miles south of Jalalabad, close to the Pakistani border, according to Shah.
He suspected Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters may have stored the weapons.
Bander is a rugged mountainous region, where bases of former Islamic fighters who fought Soviet troops in the 1980s, are also located.
Afghan and American troops looking for Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants routinely stumble on weapons caches but arrests are rarely made.