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Task Force Baghdad foils three car bomb attacks

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD , IRAQ – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers thwarted three car bomb attacks within five hours in south Baghdad on Aug. 13.

Soldiers on patrol at 6:20 a.m. discovered a blue truck with a dead body inside parked near an intersection in south Baghdad . The back of the vehicle appeared to be packed with explosives.

The patrol secured the site and called in a team of explosives experts to investigate. The explosives team verified that there were munitions in the back of the truck and safely detonated the car bomb.

Less than three hours later, another Task Force Baghdad unit working in south Baghdad found bombs on both sides of a major highway.

The Soldiers cordoned off the area and called in explosives experts to dispose of the bombs. While the explosives team was examining the bombs, a vehicle sped toward the outer perimeter of the cordon around the bomb site. The Soldiers shouted and waved for the car to stop, but the driver kept coming straight at the Soldiers. After the patrol fired warning shots, the vehicle stopped about 400 yards away from the Soldiers and exploded.

When the explosives team on site inspected the car, they determined it had contained four mortar rounds and detonated prematurely, killing the suicide driver.

Just after 11 a.m., a third Task Force Baghdad patrol in south Baghdad found a parked car with explosives in the front seat. Within minutes, the Soldiers had secured the area and an explosive ordnance disposal team was at the scene to investigate.

The team found a bomb in the front door of the car, and more munitions hidden in the trunk.

The explosives experts safely detonated the car bomb.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT TASKFORCEBAGHDADPAO@ID3.ARMY.MIL.



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