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Canadian, coalition troops seize Taliban weapons, drugs

Coalition troops have overrun a key Taliban supply point in southern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

Coalition troops have overrun a key Taliban supply point in southern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

The offensive by Canadian, British, U.S. and Afghan forces in the Maywand district west of Kandahar city apparently took the insurgents by surprise.

Canadian officers said a large quantity of weapons, bomb-making materials and drugs were seized.

"Maywand is, to our knowledge, an insurgent logistical node where things like bombs get made and moved to other districts," Capt. Chris Quinlan told reporters at Kandahar Airfield.

"So we certainly anticipate that seizing bomb-making supplies in Maywand will have an effect on what will show up in Zhari in the future," he said.

Quinlan said the operation provided an opportunity to bridge ties with local elders in an area where the population still need to be convinced about the authority of the Afghan government.

The main goal is "convincing the people of Afghanistan there is a legitimate and viable option in supporting the government," he said.

Officials said no insurgents were captured during the operation and no casualties among the troops were reported.

On Thursday, a firefight in the Zhari district left six Canadian soldiers with minor injuries.

Insurgents attacked the soldiers after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, forcing the soldiers out onto the road.

The injured were taken to hospital at Kandahar Airfield, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

With files from the Canadian Press