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Kabul-Thousands of rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition have been seized in central Afghanistan from the biggest cache of militant weapons discovered in months, a government spokesman said Sunday.

The arms were to be used to subvert crucial legislative elections on Sept. 18, Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammed Saher Azimi said.

The raid in Ghazni province”s Khogyani district on Saturday netted some 2,000 surface-to-surface rockets, 3,000 mortars, 500 artillery shells and 100 boxes of anti-aircraft bullets, he was quoted as saying the Associated Press.

&#34The enemy planned to use them to sabotage the elections,&#34 Azimi said. &#34This was a very important operation to prevent the killing of civilians.&#34

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