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Release A051118f

Iraqi, U.S. forces respond to car bomb attack update

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi security forces and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers quickly began search-and-rescue operations in the wake of two suicide car bomb attacks in central Baghdad around 8:20 a.m. Nov. 18.

Initial reports indicate at least three Iraqi civilians were killed and 43 others were wounded when terrorists detonated two car bombs near the al Hamra hotel on the Karradah Peninsula. There were no Task Force Baghdad casualties.

The explosions, coming within seconds of each other, damaged an apartment complex near the hotel. Portions of the building collapsed, trapping residents in the rubble. Other buildings in the area and at least 30 vehicles were also damaged.

Initial reports indicate the first car was a 16 passenger van which carried approximately 400 pounds of explosives; the second vehicle, a water truck, carried approximately 1,000 pounds of explosives.

Iraqi Police and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Iraqi Army Brigade secured the site and took charge of the rescue operation as Iraqi firefighters put out the fires caused by the blasts.

Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment also responded to the site, along with troops from the 92nd Engineer Battalion and the 36th Engineer Group, to help in rescue efforts of the trapped Iraqi civilians.

Medics from 4th Bn., 64th Armor Reg. gave immediate first aid to the victims and helped evacuate the more seriously wounded to local area hospitals.

“The diligence of the local rescue forces was excellent as they immediately took the lead in response and recovery efforts,” said Capt. Daniel Green, 4/64’s surgeon. “When you look out here, the ratio of responders is pretty heavily weighted in favor of Iraqis versus U.S. forces.”

Local government officials were also on the scene assessing the damage and planning for the repair of water, sewage and electric lines damaged in the attack.

“Our first response is to take care of the immediate needs of our residents—food, water and humanitarian aid,” said Dr. Mohammed al Rubaie, Karradah District Council chairman. “We are here to clean up and do whatever we can for our residents.”

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THIS STORY HAS ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPHS. TO RECEIVE THE PHOTOS: CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, SGT. FIRST CLASS DAVID ABRAMS AT: DAVID.ABRAMS@ID3.ARMY.MIL.

CUTLINES

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Spc. Alberto Cruz, a medic from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, tends to some of the minor injuries after two car bombs exploded near a residential area in the Karradah district Nov. 18. Those seriously injured in the terrorist attack were evacuated by Iraqi ambulances to local hospitals. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Alayne Conway, 4th Brigade Combat Team PAO)

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi firefighters work diligently to clear the rubble to rescue trapped Iraqis in an apartment building after two car bomb explosions rocked a neighborhood in the Karradah district Nov. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Alayne Conway, 4th Brigade Combat Team PAO)

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade work with Iraqi firefighters and volunteers to rescue people in rubble following the explosion of two car bombs near the al Hamra Hotel Nov. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Alayne Conway, 4th Brigade Combat Team PAO)

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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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