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Afghan Troops Seize Huge Arms Cache


Afghan officials say security forces have seized a huge cache of weapons during a raid in central Ghazni province.

A Defense Ministry spokesman, General Mohammed Saher Azimi, told journalists in Kabul, the weapons dump containing rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft missiles, was found Saturday in the province's Khogyani district.

He said authorities suspect the arms belonged to Taleban insurgents and were to be used to sabotage parliamentary elections scheduled for September.

The ousted Taleban and their al-Qaida allies have stepped up attacks in the run-up to the polls.

Saturday's raid netted some two thousand surface-to-surface missiles, three thousand mortar rounds, 500 artillery shells and more than 100 boxes of anti-aircraft ammunition.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.

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