Afghan, coalition forces discover munitions cache hidden in school
. ( dpa ) - Afghan and US-led coalition forces discovered a munitions cache hidden in a boy's school in southern Afghanistan after a day-long battle with Taliban insurgents, the military said on Friday. A combined forces patrol came under fire by a group of Taliban militants, who were using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade from a hillside, in Deh Rawood district of southern Uruzgan province on Thursday, US military said in a statement.
"Coalition aircraft dropped precision-guided munitions on the fighting positions eliminating the threat," the statement said, adding, however, the joint ground forces came again under fire from reinforcements in a earby village.
In the following search of the area, the combined forces discovered munitions hidden in the school, it said, adding, "The cache consisted of 15 boxes of automatic machine-gun ammunition and 20 rocket-propelled grenades."
"Hiding weapons in a school is a clear indication the insurgents have no concern for the citizens of Afghanistan," Major Chris Belcher, a coalition spokesman was quoted in the statement as saying.
The statement did not say if there were casualties among the joint forces or on the side of Taliban militants.