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American Forces Press Service

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill Terrorists; Weapons Discovered

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three insurgents in two separate incidents, and the Iraqi National Police discovered a large weapons cache in Baghdad between May 10 and yesterday.

Coalition forces killed one insurgent and wounded another as they were attempting to plant aroadside bomb east of Hawija in Iraq's Kirkuk province yesterday.

During a nighttime aerial reconnaissance mission, helicopters from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, discovered two insurgents digging near a road in an effort to place a bomb. The aircrews shot both insurgents.

A ground team of soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, moved into the area and confirmed that one insurgent was dead. The second was wounded but was not found at the site. The ground team also discovered AK-47 assault rifles, hand grenades and several ammunition magazines. The bomb was made up of artillery rounds and was destroyed in a controlled blast.

Iraqi police also killed two terrorists in Tal Afar yesterday when the two men attacked a police patrol. Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, arrived to assist the police and searched the building the terrorists were using. The soldiers uncovered a false wall that led to a tunnel system and another hidden door that opened into a room used as clandestine sleeping quarters.

The "Ready First" soldiers discovered a variety of weapons and munitions scattered throughout the tunnel and underground room. A Katusha rocket, rifle grenades, mortar rounds, homemade bombs and mortar tubes were seized. An explosive ordnance disposal team conducted a controlled detonation of the weapons and munitions, destroying the house and tunnel system to prevent terrorists from using them again. Three police officers were wounded in the initial attack and were taken to the Tal Afar hospital.

On May 10, elements of the 6th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi National Police Division, and 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, seized a large cache of explosives in a New Baghdad residence.

The search turned up land mines, blocks of C4 explosives, detonation cord, 107 fuses, rocket-propelled grenades, a grenade launcher, mortars, pounds of mortar propellant, shape charges, blasting caps, explosive-formed projectile materials, gas masks, two-way radios, mortar launching tubes, maps of Baghdad and Iraq, and insurgent literature. Explosive ordnance disposal personnel removed and destroyed the explosives from the house.

No shots were fired during the operation, and no injuries were reported. Three men were detained in connection with the cache. A woman was detained and later released to a local leader under house arrest.

More than 300 residents gathered in the area. A local Imam and civic leaders ensured the group demonstrating did not turn violent.

(Compiled from Multinational Division North and Multinational Division Baghdad news releases.)

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