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May 4, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-07


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION SOLDIERS KILL TWO ATTACKERS, DETAIN FIVE

MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, killed two attackers, detained five suspects wanted for anti-Coalition activities, and captured and destroyed weapons during separate incidents in Northern Iraq May 3.

In the first incident, Coalition Soldiers in a 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment convoy in southeast Mosul observed two people hiding near the road. Seconds later, as the convoy passed, an improvised explosive device detonated. The patrol fired at the men, killing them. A search of the bodies turned up an IED-initiating device in the hand of one of the men. A Stryker vehicle suffered minor damage during the attack.

In another incident, Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment conducted a raid in Hammam al Alil, detaining three people wanted for anti-Coalition activities. The suspects were taken to a Coalition detention facility for questioning.

Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry detained another two suspected arms dealers during a raid in Bulavi. A search of their residence turned up one 105mm tank round, three 130mm artillery rounds, one 107mm rocket, 17 fuses, seven 82mm mortar rounds, 10 60mm mortar rounds and several unidentified rounds.

Soldiers of the same unit were approached in Tall Afar by a citizen who led them to a cache of weapons that included 17 60mm mortar rounds, 150 50 caliber rounds and 112 mortar fuses.

Finally, an IED was discovered and destroyed by Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment after they noticed two fiberglass tubes attached to alarm clocks and a detonation cord lying near a road five kilometers north of Hammam Al Ali.

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