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Coalition Forces Capture, Kill Terrorists; Find Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2006 Coalition forces in Iraq killed two suspected terrorists and captured two others today, and found more weapons caches , U.S. military officials in Baghdad said.

Coalition forces raided a safe house about 50 kilometers northwest of Balad today, where they captured two terrorists and killed two others. One terrorist killed was wearing a suicide vest, and the other was armed with a rifle.

Coalition forces found an explosives cache near the safe house and subsequently destroyed its contents. No civilians were injured during the raid, U.S. military officials said.

In other news, an Iraqi citizen led U.S. soldiers of 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, attached to 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, to a weapons cache north of Baqubah yesterday.

The cache included 155 mm artillery rounds and mortar rounds of various calibers. The cache was transported to a secured location for controlled detonation, military officials said.

Four more weapons caches were uncovered during the continuation of a combined operation between Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers in southern Baghdad April 10.

In total, the four weapons caches consisted of rocket-propelled grenade rounds, machine guns, 70 mm mortar rounds, 60 mm mortar rounds, land mines, a large bag of homemade explosives, a sniper rifle, grenades, assembled roadside bombs, rockets, small-arms ammunition and sniper-rifle rounds.

The soldiers also destroyed five boats used to transport weapons across the Tigris River.

"This area is a staging area for attacks both across the Tigris and into our area of operations as well," Army 2nd Lt. James Stephan, assistant security officer for 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, said. "The weapons and material found here confirm our suspicions that the enemy is concentrated heavily along the palm groves and riverbanks in the area."

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