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An identified explosive device detonated near Ghor peacekeepers' vehicle, Afghanistan

An identified explosive device detonated near Ghor peacekeepers' vehicle, Afghanistan


October 11, at about 7 a.m. local time, an identified explosive device detonated near one of vehicles Ghor PRT members were guarding runway of Chaghcharan Airfield, at around a kilometer's distance from the Chaghcharan PRT camp.

 

Neither personnel nor equipment experienced harm in the explosion. Afghan National Security forces were informed about the incident. An investigation was started to identify the type of device used.

 

„Lithuanian troops conduct guard of the runway of Chaghcharan Airfield on a regular basis. It is done to ensure security of incoming and outgoing local citizens and ISAF personnel. At the moment air transport is allowed to run, situation is considered safe. According to our estimation, it could be an improvised explosive device," Commander PRT Col Gintaras Smaliukas said.

 

At the moment the 11th rotation of the Lithuanian-led PRT serve in Afghanistan, the shift is based on the Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis Motorised Infantry Battalion located in Tauragės Distr. Kęstutis Battalion provides personnel for the PRT mission for a second time. The majority of personnel in the shift have been deployed to multinational missions in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan previously. Representatives of Denmark, Georgia, Japan, USA, Poland, Finland and Ukraine serve together with Lithuanian military and civilian personnel in Ghor PRT camp in Chaghcharan.

 

Spokesperson to the Chief of Defence Capt Tomas Balkus, phone (00370 5) 278 5091, cell phone 00370 682 25 359

Picture from MoND archive