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240400Z TF Paladin Unknown IED Detonation IVO Sar-I-Pul
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07/CEXC-A/268 SUMMARY OF EVENTS (S//REL) At approximately 0830 (L) on 24 Apr 07 the Governor of Sar e Pol town was traveling in his vehicle when it was subject to an explosion. Only minor damage was caused to the vehicle with no large fragmentation recovered. SWE PRT IEDD team deployed to the incident and arrived at approximately 1300. On arrival, the seat of explosion, road and adjacent field were searched for any evidence. Following questioning and recovery of possible evidence the team departed at 1500. ITEMS RECOVERED (S//REL) Six (6) AA batteries, possibly linked to the attack however no further evidence recovered. DEVICE CONSTRUCTION AND METHOD OF OPERATION 9. (S//REL) It appears that from the dimensions of the seat of explosion and the lack of fragmentation recovered that this was some form of bulk HE charge (possible A/Tk mine). Due to the lack of evidence recovered from the scene it is unknown as to the method of initiation for this device however lines of sight were good into the target area and there were a number of suitable firing positions. This could indicate the use of an RCIED, particularly as the attack was unsuccessful; if a VOIED was used the attack would, ostensibly, be more successful.