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Release A051019f

Citizens' tips help Soldiers find weapons cache, bombs

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi security forces and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers captured a terror suspect in south Baghdad, seized a weapons cache in west Baghdad, and stopped eight terrorist bomb attacks during combat operations Oct. 18.

Tips from Iraqi citizens helped one patrol find the weapons cache and another unit disable a roadside bomb before terrorists could employ it.

The first tip came from an Iraqi man who told Iraqi security forces from 1st Battalion, 4th Public Order Brigade that he’d seen a bomb in a south Baghdad district. The Iraqi forces investigated, found five mortar rounds wired together, and stopped traffic in both directions to prevent anyone from getting hurt. A team of explosives experts was called in to safely detonate the bomb.

Later, another Iraqi citizen volunteered to lead Coalition Forces from 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment to a weapons cache in west Baghdad. The unit followed the man and discovered a cache containing 10 rocket-propelled grenade rounds and numerous 60-millimeter mortar rounds.

In other combat operations, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment detained a man acting suspiciously at a traffic control point in south Baghdad. When the Soldiers searched the suspect, they found paperwork concerning an improvised explosive device or ammunitions cache. The suspect was detained for questioning.

Other Coalition Forces found seven roadside bombs at various locations throughout Baghdad before terrorists could use them. Explosive ordnance disposal teams safely disabled each of the bombs.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, SGT. FIRST CLASS DAVID ABRAMS AT: DAVID.ABRAMS@ID3.ARMY.MIL.



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