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Troops capture terrorists, gunman in Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 23, 2006) – Five suspected terrorists were detained, four suspected bombers and a gunman were captured in northern Iraq Jan. 19-22.

Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division were recovering a vehicle damaged by an improvised explosive device near Hawijah Thursday morning when they began taking small arms fire. The Soldiers returned fire, forcing the gunman to flee.

A patrol that was en route to the site chased and stopped the suspect’s vehicle and a search revealed a sniper rifle and a rocket propelled grenade launcher with a warhead.

Four terrorists detained for IED

Soldiers from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division detained four terrorists after an IED the men were transporting detonated prematurely.

The Soldiers were alerted to the incident when their patrol was flagged down by two local men who were transporting a wounded man. The Soldiers took the man to a nearby military medical facility and a second patrol was sent to investigate the explosion.

When the patrol arrived at the site they found three other uninjured men who admitted that they and the wounded man were transporting the IED.

Bombers captured in As Siniyah

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division captured four suspects believed to be involved with an explosion that ripped through the As Siniyah city government building Jan. 19.

A tip led the Soldiers to two homes in the area, where the men were detained without incident.

The explosion occurred just before 8 p.m. local time in the small city west of Bayji. The building was reportedly leveled by the blast, but no injuries were reported to coalition forces.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Gunman captured in Mosul

Soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team captured a terrorist gunman after a brief car chase through Mosul Jan. 22.

The Soldiers were securing an IED they had discovered while patrolling in the city, when they started receiving small arms fire from an unknown source. As they searched the area for the shooter, the patrol took more gunfire from a nearby car.

Soldiers pursued the car through the city and engaged it with well-aimed rifle fire, causing the driver to lose control and crash. The suspect fled the scene on foot and tried to hide among a group of local men, but the troopers identified the gunman and took him into custody.

(Information provided by several 101st Airborne Division releases and compiled by Ann Erickson.)

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