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Terrorists responsible for Ministry of Agriculture attack captured

- Ten terrorists captured by Iraqi forces have confessed to planning and executing the recent attack on the Ministry of Agriculture, in which a dump truck full of explosives detonated near the building, according to a Multi-National Forces report.

The terrorists also confessed to an attack on a bus that killed an Iraqi infantry officer, a Coalition officer and his interpreter, and another attack on a traffic circle in Al-Nasour that targeted an Iraqi officer and members of the security advisers office, the report said.

Members of the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Public Order Battalion, led by Iraqi Colonel Basim, arrested the men after raiding a house March 18. They confiscated two vehicles in the process of being turned into car bombs and a cache of weapons, including two grenades, four rockets and launchers, several small arms, detonation cord, remote-controlled devices and other items used to make bombs. They also discovered $8,480 in U.S. currency, 375,000 Iraqi dinars, five blank Iraqi passports, forged Iraqi national identification cards, cell phones and cameras.

No injuries were reported as a result of the operation.

An investigation into the terrorist cell continues.

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